Connect in a Group, Jan. 20-26

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Message Outline

Work with each other

Blessing in your labor when you sweat

9 Two are better than one,

because they have a good return for their work:

 

Pick each other up

Support in tough times when you fall

10 If one falls down,

his friend can help him up.

But pity the man who falls

and has no one to help him up!

 

Fire each other up

Warmth in cold times when you drift

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone?

 

Fight for each other

Strength in dangerous times when you are attacked

12 Though one may be overpowered,

two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? More of a loner or a person who loves being with people?
  2. Why is it important for each of us to be connected with a group of friends?
  3. What are some of the benefits of working together? How is it that two have a ”good return” for their work?
  4. How have you experienced support of a group of friends in tough times? How have you given support to someone else in a group?
  5. How can we fire each other up in cold times when one of us is drifting away spiritually?
  6. How can we fight for each other in dangerous times when we face attacks in this difficult world?
  7. What does this proverb mean: “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken”? How does the metaphor apply to real life?
  8. What could we do to strengthen our connections in our group?
  9. How could we connect more people into our group or other groups?
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