Small Group Guide for "Purpose is Present"

Purpose is Present

Sunday, June 30th 2024

First Scripture:

Second Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21

Use the Two Passages: Focus on the primary and secondary passages used in this sermon.

Pray for Understanding: Before diving into the text, take a moment to pray for guidance and illumination from the Holy Spirit. Ask for wisdom and insight as you study.

Read the Scriptures: Begin by reading the selected Scriptures thoughtfully and prayerfully. Read the passages more than once to familiarize yourself with the content.

Observation Questions: After reading the text, go through the "Observation Questions" section. These questions will help you notice and record specific details about the text. Look for key words, phrases, repeated ideas, and any observations that stand out to you.

Interpretation Questions: Once you've observed the text, proceed to the "Interpretation Questions" section. These questions will guide you in understanding the meaning and context of the passage. Consider the historical and cultural background, the author's intent, and how the passage fits into the larger narrative of the Bible.

Application Questions: Finally, explore the "Application Questions." These questions will help you apply the lessons and insights from the Scriptures to your own life. Reflect on how the text speaks to your faith, relationships, and daily choices.

Journal Your Insights: Write down your observations, interpretations, and applications in a journal or notebook. This will serve as a valuable record of your spiritual growth and understanding of the Word of God.

Discussion and Sharing: If you are studying in a group, take time to discuss your findings with others. Share your insights, listen to their perspectives, and learn from one another.

Pray for Transformation: As you conclude your study, pray for the transformation of your heart and mind. Ask God to help you live out the truths you've discovered in the Scriptures.

Consistency is Key: Make a habit of using this inductive Bible study method regularly. The more you practice, the more confident and skilled you will become in studying and understanding the Bible.

Remember that the goal of this inductive study method is not just to gain knowledge but to deepen your relationship with God and apply His Word to your life. Approach your study with an open heart, a curious mind, and a desire to grow in your faith.

May your study be richly blessed, and may God's Word transform your life as you engage with it through the inductive method.

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God of abundance, through our conversation, open our hearts and minds to see the gifts you have already given us to live with purpose here and now.

Quote: “May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.” – St. Thérèse of Lisieux


Have you ever run out of something while cooking or doing another type of project (e.g., crafting, woodworking/building something)? What did you do?


Read Matthew 14:13-21

  1. What are some of the differences between the way the disciples regarded and responded to the hungry crowd and the way Jesus did?
  2. How do the disciples’ attitudes and actions change over the course of this passage? What enables that change?
  3. Reread verse 13. Now look at what happens right after this passage in Matthew 14:22-23. Why do you think Jesus made a regular practice of taking time apart to pray by himself? In what ways might that have shaped his ministry?


  1. Is there something you would like to try or do but worry that you don’t have “enough” (time, money, energy, talent/skill, etc.) or that you are not enough? Even if it doesn’t feel like enough, what do you have at your disposal that could move you one small step toward doing or trying this thing?
  2. Where do your gifts align with the needs you see in the lives of others or the world around you? What opportunity do you have to help someone else right now?
  3. This week, try taking a few minutes alone each day to pray for clarity, direction, and courage to offer what you have, knowing that Jesus blesses what we give for the sake of ourselves and others.


Lord, thank you for this time of learning and sharing with one another. This week, help us to remain present as we try to live out your purpose in our lives. Help us to trust that we have enough and that we are enough. May our trust lead to action that serves others with your love. Amen.


Sometimes we have to practice being present in order to get clarity about who we are and where we are going. If you need to slow down, try the following breathing exercise: Breath Prayer Exercise