I Am Second Conversation Guide [NOOK Book]

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Across the United States and the world, hundreds of thousands of people are proclaiming a new anthem: “I Am Second.” They have discovered that God has a plan for their life, a plan that starts with making God First. They learned that whether it was money or relationships or the pleasures of life, nothing brought satisfaction and peace until God was First in their lives. Hear their stories and discover the powerful message of their journeys.


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Overview

Across the United States and the world, hundreds of thousands of people are proclaiming a new anthem: “I Am Second.” They have discovered that God has a plan for their life, a plan that starts with making God First. They learned that whether it was money or relationships or the pleasures of life, nothing brought satisfaction and peace until God was First in their lives. Hear their stories and discover the powerful message of their journeys.


With the I Am Second DVD-Based Study and Conversation Guide, you and your small group will encounter story after story of notable people throughout culture who have had a radical, life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ, and will be challenged to share your own “Second” stories with the world around you.


Conversation Guide includes:



  • Six biblical lessons focused on Scripture passages and stories of those living “Second”

  • Topics with which every person can relate, such as relationships, struggles, and success

  • Small group discussion questions that will equip group members to put what they've learned into practice

Intended for use with I Am Second DVD-Based Study (ISBN: 9781401675783).


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401675813
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 674,967
  • File size: 616 KB

Meet the Author

Doug Bender is an I Am Second writer and small groups coach. He spends his time developing many of the small group tools found at IAmSecond.com and coaching churches, organizations, and individuals to use I Am Second groups to share the message of Jesus with their friends and family. He also works with I Am Second’s parent organization, e3 Partners, as a church planter in countries like Ethiopia and Indonesia. Doug is married to Catherine and has a daughter, Bethany.
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I AM SECOND

Real Stories. Changing Lives.
By DOUG BENDER DAVE STERRETT

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2012 e3 Partners Ministry
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4016-7581-3


Chapter One

1.0 the power of story

Be sure to review the "Before You Start" section before beginning.

Introduction: Spend a few minutes to take turns introducing yourselves to the group. What brought you to this group? What do you hope to discover through this group?

Watch: the Josh Hamilton or Michelle Aguilar film

Talk about the film:

1. What do you like about the story?

2. What do you not like or find confusing about the story?

3. What did you learn from the story?

Your story

If you were sitting in the white chair, what would you say? Here are some topics you might talk about in your story:

* What events or people brought you to a point where you were interested in spiritual things?

* What are some important events from your life?

* Where are you with God now?

* How did you get to this place with God?

* What are some questions you still struggle with about life or God?

Be sure to save time for everyone to share their stories.

Next Week—Second: Struggles

Read in the I Am Second book before your next meeting

Brian "Head" Welch chapter 1

Want more? See also

Daniel Montenegro chapter 2 Josh Hamilton chapter 3 Michelle Aguilar chapter 4 Michael W. Smith chapter 7

2.0 second: struggles

Talk with God

Ask God to help you learn and understand as you discuss the stories in this session.

The Story

Watch: the Brian "Head" Welch film

Questions:

What do you like or identify with in Brian's story?

What did you not like or find confusing about Brian's story?

What did you learn about people or God through Brian's story?

for further discussion ...

What do you like, not like, or identify with in each of the quotes that follow?

"I told myself that I h ad everything under control, that I could handle it. But I couldn't. My life was just spinning out of control." —Brian "Head" Welch (I Am Second, p. 8)

"I'm weary and burdened, and I need rest for my soul." —Brian "Head" Welch (I Am Second, p. 9)

"One day it will all fail and everyone will be left naked in the face of trouble. But Jesus offers rest in the middle of it all." —Brian "Head" Welch (I Am Second, p. 12)

The Bible

Read this story together.

They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God's name don't torture me!" For Jesus had said to him, "Come out of this man, you impure spirit!"

Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"

"My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many." And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, "Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them." He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, "Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. (Mark 5:1–20)

Talk about the Bible

1. What do you like about the story?

2. What do you not like or find confusing about the story?

3. What did you learn about people from the story? Where do you see yourself in the story? What struggles do you face?

4. What did you learn about God from the story?

Live and Tell

5. How will you live out what you have learned? What is something specific and challenging that you can do practically to live this out?

What can your group do to help you achieve this goal?

6. Whom will you tell about what you have learned? What will you share? You can share the film, the book, the Bible story, or just a summary of something you have learned.

Who will you share it with?

Next Week—Second: Relationships

Read in the I Am Second book before your next meeting

Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs chapter 9

Want more about relationships?

Nate Larkin chapter 5 Karen Green chapter 6 Shannon Culpepper chapter 8 Vitor Belfort chapter 10 Ken Hutcherson chapter 11

3.0 second: relationships

Talk with God

Ask God to help you learn and understand as you discuss the stories in this session.

Checkup

How did your Live and Tell commitments go from the last meeting? What went well? What did not go well? How can the group help you or talk with God for you?

The Story

Watch: the Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs film

Questions:

What did you like or identify with in Jeff and Cheryl's story?

What did you not like or find confusing about their story?

What did you learn about people or God through their story?

for further discussion ...

What do you like, not like, or identify with in each of the quotes below?

"We got married thinking we could complete each other, that we somehow could make each other whole. But I wasn't whole. I felt empty. I w as missing something." —Cheryl Scruggs (I Am Second, p. 98)

"I was so angry at Cheryl that I couldn't even look at her. I would go over to the house, pick up the girls, and just pray that I wouldn't have to look her in the eye or say anything ... I blamed Cheryl for everything." —Jeff Scruggs (I Am Second, p. 102)

"It was hard for me to imagine how Jeff could forgive me for all the hurt that I had caused." —Cheryl Scruggs (I Am Second, p. 104)

The Bible

Read this story together.

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them...."

Jesus [answered:] "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.

"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.' So he got up and went to his father.

"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'

"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'

"'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'" (Luke 15:1–2, 11–32)

Talk about the Bible

1. What do you like about the story?

2. What do you not like or find confusing about the story?

3. What did you learn about people from the story? What did you learn about forgiveness through this story?

4. What did you learn about God from the story? How can the father be an image of God in this story?

Live and Tell

5. How will you live out what you have learned? What is something specific and challenging that you can do practically to live this out?

What can your group do to help you?

6. Who will you tell about what you have learned?

What will you share? You can share the film, the book, the Bible story, or just a summary of something you have learned.

Who will you share it with?

Next Week—Second: Success

Read in the I Am Second book before your next meeting

Brian Sumner chapter 13

Want more about success?

Whispering Danny chapter 12 Bradie James chapter 16 Laura Klock chapter 18 Sam Bradford chapter 19 Norm Miller chapter 20

4.0 second: success

Talk with God

Ask God to help you learn and understand as you discuss the stories in this session.

Checkup

How did your Live and Tell commitments go from last meeting? What went well? What didn't go well? How can the group help or talk with God for you this coming week?

The Story

Watch: the Brian Sumner film

Questions:

What did you like or identify with in Brian's story?

What did you not like or find confusing about his story?

What did you learn about people or God through his story?

for further discussion ...

What do you like, not like, or identify with in each of the quotes below?

"I came to America to find the American dream, and I found it, but I w as miserable and angry. I accomplished more than I ever dreamed of doing ... but I felt so empty. I was full of anger. I s aid wicked things to my wife, things I didn't even believe, but I said them because I w as so stupid and so mad. The anger was just boiling inside of me." —Brian Sumner (I Am Second, p. 150)

"I knew God was out there. But that was all I k new. Was it Buddha? Is he a Rasta? Was he in Ouija boards and séances? God was just this higher power. He was the guy at the pearly gates at the end of life." —Brian Sumner (I Am Second, p. 151)

"God is real. I couldn't believe that I had lived my whole life not knowing that God was real, that I could meet him. I couldn't believe that people didn't know this." —Brian Sumner (I Am Second, p. 153)

The Bible

Read this story together.

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus ["Zack-key-us"]; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a sinner."

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount."

Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." (Luke 19:1–10)

Talk about the Bible

1. What do you like about the story?

2. What do you not like or find confusing about the story? Why were Jesus' actions shocking to the crowd?

3. What did you learn about people from the story?

4. What did you learn about God from the story? How did Jesus respond to "sinners" in this story?

Live and Tell

5. How will you live out what you have learned? What is something specific and challenging that you can do practically to live this out?

What can your group do to help you?

6. Who will you tell about what you have learned?

What will you share? You can share the film, the book, the Bible story, or just a summary of something you have learned.

Who will you share it with?

Next Week—Who Is First?

Read in the I Am Second book before your next meeting

Tamara Jolee chapter 15

Want more about who is first?

Chris Plekenpol chapter 14 Bethany Hamilton chapter 17

5.0 who is first?

Talk with God

Ask God to help you learn and understand as you discuss the stories in this session.

Checkup

How did your Live and Tell commitments go from last meeting? What went well? What didn't go well? How can the group help or talk with God for you this coming week?

The Story

Watch: the Tamara Jolee film

Questions:

What did you like or identify with in Tamara's story?

What did you not like or find confusing about her story?

What did you learn about people or God through her story?

for further discussion ...

What do you like, not like, or identify with in each of the quotes below?

"I'm not just living anymore, I'm surviving ... People tell me now, 'Wow! You are doing so well.' But they weren't with me during the sleepless nights, with medical steroids roaring through my system ... I was sick, real sick." —Tamara Jolee (I Am Second, p. 177)

"I finally realized that God wanted more than my religious commitment; he wanted me. He wanted to sit next to me in class, to walk with me through life. God wanted to be my friend ... There were still battles to face, but having a relationship with God meant that there was always someone to lean on." —Tamara Jolee (I Am Second, p. 177)

"I never know if tomorrow will be my last. But if I do die tomorrow, or even if I die today, I'm completely and truly at peace with that. I k now I'm not alone." —Tamara Jolee (I Am Second, p. 178)

The Bible

Read this story together.

Background: A messenger came to Jesus with news that Lazarus, one of Jesus' closest friends, was on the brink of death. Jesus had healed many people prior to this. But he did not heal Lazarus. Instead, he waited and did nothing, and Lazarus died. Days later, Jesus finally arrived at this man's village, only to be met by Lazarus's two sisters, Mary and Martha, who were heartbroken and confused as to why Jesus did not heal their brother and his dear friend.

"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."

Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."

Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

"Yes, Lord," she replied, "I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world...."

When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. "Where have you laid him?" he asked.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from I AM SECOND by DOUG BENDER DAVE STERRETT Copyright © 2012 by e3 Partners Ministry. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Contents

before you start....................9
1.0 the power of story....................17
2.0 second: struggles....................21
3.0 second: relationships....................27
4.0 second: success....................35
5.0 who is first?....................43
6.0 tell your story....................51
how to lead your group....................61
helps....................63
next steps....................85
go further....................87
how do I become Second?....................89
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