Refugees | June 11 – June 17, 2017

Series Big Idea

Conversations can help us understand the many facets of a tough topic, which can lead to us better understand the heart of God as we seek to help others find their way back to him.

Scripture

Deuteronomy 10:17–19, Psalm 146

Ice Breaker and Opening Thought

1. When have you experienced being the “new person”—like starting at a new school or new job, or moving to a new neighborhood? What was the experience like?
2. What might have helped make your transition easier?

Bible Discussion

3. Read Psalm 146 and Deuteronomy 10:17-19. What statements stand out to you? Why?
4. What question(s) do these passages raise for you?
4. What picture of God emerges from these texts?
5. Look at a few other passages of Scripture. Exodus 22:21; Exodus 23:9; Deuteronomy. 23:7; Deuteronomy 24:19-22; Leviticus19:34; Ezekiel 47:22. What are your impressions after reading these?

Life Application

6. What are some of the concerns people express about welcoming refugees?
7. Check out the following webpage on refugees: HERE. What was new information for you? How have your thoughts shifted on this topic (if at all)?
8. What are some of the misconceptions about refugees?
9. What are some possible ways the church might be able to help refugees?

Challenge

Jesus said we are the light of the world—the church (Matthew 5:14). We can start by looking thoroughly at what God’s Word says about refugees. Then find ways you can engage locally. (One option is to get involved with World Relief.) Finally, keep in mind that this is a global issue. The vast majority of refugees will never enter the US, but they still need support. How might God be asking you to help refugees—even in the midst of fears or concerns you may have? How might God be asking your group to get involved?

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