Merge Week 2
Friends aren’t afraid to challenge each other.
Matthew 14:22–33; Hebrews 10:24
What is your favorite road trip game? Why do you find it challenging? Who typically wins?
When was the last time you challenged a friend about something they did or said? What was that like? Did it hurt or help your friendship?
When was the last time someone challenged you about something you did or said? How did it impact you? What did you learn? What do you wish was different about it?
What stood out to you about the disciples getting stuck in a storm?
What do you think about the challenge Jesus gave Peter to get out of the boat and walk on water?
What does this story tell you about who God is and how God works in our lives?
What would it look like for you to practice what we read in the book of Hebrews and challenge each other toward love this week?
What keeps you from speaking up when you see friends treating each other unkindly? What is one thing you can do to move beyond silence and lovingly encourage a friend this week?
What steps would you take to talk with a friend rather than about them? How long should you wait before you speak to them after you see something that hurts someone?
Read Ephesians 4:31–32. What is one part of this passage that you think will help you the next time you feel convicted to lovingly challenge a friend?