Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…
—Genesis 12:1–4 (NRSV)
Goal of Small Group
To help students understand that big faith starts with small steps and to encourage them to take one small step in their faith.
Think about This
Remember that the “unknown” will look different for every student. Also, be sure to encourage the small steps into the wild that your students may be taking.
Where’s the wildest place you’ve ever been?
What are some similarities between going into the wild and following God? [In the last question, students may have shared “wild” places that aren’t necessarily in nature. For this question, we’re thinking about venturing off into the wilderness of nature.]
Why is it difficult to step into the unknown?
In what ways do you think going into the wild unknown grows our faith?
- Is it difficult to believe that God wants to do great things in, through, and around you?
- Why or why not?
- What’s one step of faith you think you need to take right now?
- What would it take for you to actually take that step? [e.g., What would you need to do to get started? Or what would God need to do to convince you to take that step?]
After this week’s discussion, ask your students to identify a time in their own lives when God called them to go into the wild. If they’re comfortable, ask your students to share their stories with one another, each one talking about a specific time that God led them through a situation where they weren’t sure how things would turn out.