LIFE group guide: spiritually on

 

NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use tomorrow (June 1) in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church. This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning. To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.

Reason

Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of this morning’s sermon.

To sketch out practical steps we can take to improve our daily walk with God.

Revelation

These Scriptures form some of the foundation of this sermon.

•  Teach me, Lord, the meaning of your laws, and I will obey them at all times. … I find my happiness in obeying your commands. (Ps. 119.33,56 GNT)

•  When you search for me … with all your heart, you will find me. (Jer. 29.13 CEB)

•  … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matt. 28.20 NIV)

•  … to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. (Luke 1.74-75 NIV)

•  You are ruled by the Spirit, if that Spirit of God really lives in you. (Rom. 8.14 NCV)

•  Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. (Gal. 5.16 The Message)

•  Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise … (Eph. 5.15 NRSV)

•  … just as you received King Jesus the Lord, you must continue your journey in him. (Col. 2.6 KNT)

•  … earn the respect of outsiders … (1 Thes. 4.12 NJB)

•  … with him will be his called, chosen, and faithful followers. (Rev. 17.14 NIV)

Relation

Use one of the following icebreaker questions to prime the pump, to help the conversation begin. Choose one to discuss.

1. What is something you do every day with great joy?

2. Which occupies your mind most often: doing the right thing or avoiding the wrong?

Research

These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this sermon.

1. According to Eph. 5.1-10, what do God’s children avoid? What do they do? Why?

2. With a different group member reading each verse, slowly read Col. 3.1-17 aloud.

Reflection

These questions assist our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us in our encounter with God’s word.

1. Why do you think God cares about the “little stuff” of our daily life as well as the big?

2. What does it mean to be “spiritual?”

3. What does the word “obey” convey to you about your daily relationship with God?

4. One yet to believe asks: “You say: ‘Praise God.’ How does one do that?” You say ____.

Response

These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid in living out today’s message in the coming days.

1. Imagine (specifically) how your daily walk with God would change if you knew you’d suddenly die six months from today.

2. Identify a persistent sin in your life. Make a specific plan as to how you will die to it.