What I really love about these four stages, though, is that we also see them in our own lives. It's helpful to teach our group members to see these four stages in their lives. We can ask:
- Who did God create you to be?
- What has fallenness looked like in your life?
- Have you found redemption through Jesus? If so, what did that process look like?
- What is God currently trying to restore in your life?
As group members begin to see the four stages in their own lives, they are better equipped to see how their stories are connected with God's big story. They'll view the Bible less as a textbook, a theology book, or a rule book, and instead see it as the diverse but unified story of God. With a fuller picture of God's story, your group members will understand the context of Scripture, how to apply God's truth, and how their story interweaves with God's.
—Carter Moss is a Campus Pastor and Life Groups Director for Newbreak Church, a large multi-site church in San Diego, and an advisor for SmallGroups.com.