|The Application Phase||
|By gkeylon | 26 Jul 2012 ||
As we conclude this four-part series on the Living Free Small Group Format, it is important to realize that there is a reason for each phase. The introduction is designed to get people comfortable with the group. The self-awareness phase is to help people open up about their problems. The spiritual awareness phase is to encourage people to look at themselves in the reflection of the Word of God.
The last phase of the Living Free small group format is the application, which leads the participant to put the Word of God into practice. Hear what James says about applying God’s Word. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man, who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25 NIV
The application phase is actually a continuation of the spiritual awareness phase. Use the question listed in the Facilitator’s Guide to launch the discussion. Ask for volunteers to share their reflections on the question. The facilitators should emphasize the importance of the group members applying Biblical principles to their lives. Help for life-controlling problems begin with right thinking. “But be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2 NIV). Obedience to the Word of God should follow with right behavior. Right feelings will follow right thinking and right behavior.