devoted: walk this way

 

NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow (Dec. 16). This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon tomorrow morning entitled Devoted: Walk This Way. This sermon will mark the conclusion of the Devoted sermon series. Look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous discussion guides. All Scripture texts reproduced below are from the CEB.

Aim

To consider what it means to devote our legs and feet to walking with God.

Word

• Enoch walked with God. (Genesis 5.22)

• Love the LORD your God. Walk in all his ways and obey his commandments. Hold on to him and serve him with all your heart and being. (Joshua 22.5b)

• Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff— they protect me. (Psalm 23.4)

• I  put all my hope in the Lord. He leaned down to me; he listened to my cry for help. He lifted me out of the pit of death, out of the mud and filth, and set my feet on solid rock. He steadied my legs. (Psalm 40.1-2)

• Everyone who honors the LORD, who walks in God’s ways, is truly happy! (Psalm 128.1)

• Better to be poor and walk in innocence than to be on crooked paths and wealthy. (Proverbs 28.6)

• Many nations will go and say, ‘Come, let’s go up to the LORD’s mountain, to the house of Jacob’s God so that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in God’s paths.’ … Come, house of Jacob, let’s walk by the LORD’s light. (Isaiah 2.5a,9)

• He has told you … what is good and what the LORD requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6.8)

• … we were buried together with him through baptism into his death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too can walk in newness of life. (Romans 6.4)

• And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the good news. (Romans 10.15; cf. Isaiah 52:7; Nahum 1:15)

• The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. (Romans 16.20a)

• … put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace. (Ephesians 6.15)

• Make straight paths for your feet so that if any part is lame, it will be healed rather than injured more seriously. (Hebrews 12.13)

Open

Icebreaker questions are meant to help us all start talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.

1. What’s the most “distinctive characteristics” of your feet?

2. In what sort of footwear do you find yourself most comfortable in to walk? Least comfortable?

Dig

These questions are meant to help us grapple with Scripture related to this morning’s sermon. Choose one.

1. Life and our behavior are often depicted in Scripture as a journey. Why do you suppose this is?

2. What is the point Heb. 12.13 is trying to get across to us?

Reflect

These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.

1. If you were to chart your walk with God since you became a Christian, what would that line look like in terms of crookedness and straightness? What have you learned along the way?

2. What experience or habit do you find most consistently helps you walk with God?

3. How can you encourage others Christians to stay on the path with God?

4. A fellow Christian tells you their walk with God is no longer satisfying. They read Scripture, but find it boring. They pray, but they say it just sounds repetitious. What do you advise?

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