Merge Week 4
Friends aren’t afraid to talk about what they believe.
Matthew 16:13–23; 1 Peter 3:15–16
What is one hot take you have about vacations? Maybe you don’t like roller coasters Or the beach? How did you come to this conclusion? Remember, there are no judgments.
Have you ever shared an opinion that wasn’t very popular with your friends? How did it go? What went well? What do you wish went differently?
When was the last time you talked about something important to you with a friend who didn’t know much about it? How did they respond?
What surprises you in the story of the disciples learning that Jesus is the Messiah?
What questions do you have about Jesus’ pretty harsh words for Peter?
What would it look like for you to start doing what Peter writes about in 1 Peter 3:15-16?
How can you remain curious and open to questions people have about what you believe?
If you were going to teach someone what it looks like to be gentle and respectful when talking about your beliefs, what steps would you encourage them to take?
Read James 1:19. What holds you back from discussing what you believe with your friends in the way James talks about? How can we support you in addressing this?
Who is one person you want to talk about what you believe with this week?