NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow, Oct. 7. This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon tomorrow morning entitled Devoted: In Mind. Look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous discussion guides.
To introduce and to explore what it means for our mind to be completely given over to God.
Israel, listen! Our God is the Lord! Only the Lord! Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength. These words that I am commanding you today must always be on your minds. (Deuteronomy 6.4-6 CEB)
Jesus replied, “The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12.29-30 CEB)
The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people … I will put my Instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. (Jeremiah 31.31,34b CEB)
This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will place my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. (Hebrews 8.10 CEB)
… renew the thinking in your mind by the Spirit … (Ephesians 4.23 CEB)
… the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4.7 CEB)
… once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1.13 CEB)
… all the churches will know that I’m the one who examines minds and hearts … (Revelation 2.23 CEB)
Icebreaker questions are meant to help us all start talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.
1. What’s the last song that got “stuck in your head?” What put it there? What got it out?
2. Which would you say works better these days: your rememberer or your forgetter?
These questions are meant to help us grapple with Scripture related to this morning’s sermon. Choose some.
1. Make two lists: one of the things God does and one as to what people do in the texts above.
2. How does God engrave his law within us today in ways he did not do so before (Jer. 31)?
3. Tackle Phil. 4.7. With what is our mind to be filled? Such a mind is kept safe from what?
These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.
1. What random Scriptures use the words “think” or “remember?” How do they teach you?
2. Which do you think of most often: God’s expectations of you or his promises to you? Why?
3. How does prayer cleanse, set the tone for, and develop your everyday thoughts in life?
4. Which has the stronger influence: actions affecting thinking or thinking affecting actions?
5. A fellow Christian confides to you that they’re struggling with “stinking thinking,” be it impure thoughts, worry, or whatever. What advice would you give them and why?