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Playing With Fire - Week 03 - Group Discussion Guide

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BEFORE YOU GATHER

  • Familiarize yourself with this Group Discussion Guide.
  • If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
  • Read Ephesians 2:10.
  • CLICK HERE to see the overall structure of the biblical book of Proverbs.
  • Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that he wants you to share during your group’s time together.

 

RESOURCES FOR A PERSONAL RESPONSE
Every week, we’ll suggest some resources that can help you and others pursue a life of wholeness, transparency, recovery, and healing.

  • LEARN BY READING: Read "The One" by Ryan and Amanda Leak, or "The Truest Thing About You" by Dave Lomas.
  • LEARN BY SEEING: Watch Pastor John Mark Comer's message about Singleness, from his book "Loveology." CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
  • LEARN BY DOING:
    • Go on an Outreach Vision Trip to serve people around the world or find another opportunity to serve others. Contact   to learn about upcoming trips. 
    • Attend a spiritual retreat to discover how God has uniquely gifted you for service. CLICK HERE to visit the Journey Center's website to find an upcoming retreat option that resonates with you.

 

GROUP DISCUSSION

Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.

Pray that God would free us from distractions.  Pray that God would open our hearts to each other and what He has to say to us in this time.  Pray for clarity and the movement of the Holy Spirit as to what we need to do or what we need to change.

Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Have everyone take 30 seconds each to share a phrase or a moment from this weekend’s message that is still resonating with them. You also have the option to say “Pass.

Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend’s message came from Ephesians 2:10. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.

  • In Philippians 4:11-13, Paul talks about being content, no matter the circumstances. Proverbs 14:30 says, “envy rots the bones.”  What happens when we put our hope for happiness in someone or something else?  Where do we find life to the full?
  • In James 4:1-3 we read about the damage that is done to our relationships when we are selfish. What does it look like to take the initiative and “go first” with those things that we want others to do or be for us?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 where Paul talks about freedom and what is beneficial. What is true freedom in Christ?  How can we evaluate if something is beneficial?  How can we as a group/church help each other with this?
  • In 1 Corinthians 7:7 it describes our current phase of life as a gift. How is your current life state a gift from God and how can you leverage it more?  How can we as the church better leverage everyone’s gifts?
  • What areas do you need to grow in to become God’s best version of yourself? How can we as a group/church help you to grow or keep you accountable?
  • How can we be content with our circumstances while also seeking to become God’s best version of ourselves? What is the difference between the two?  Is this type of striving at odds with our contentment?

 

CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.

Thank God for how He loves and engages with us in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.  Pray that God would grant us contentment with our current circumstances.  Pray that we can call out in each other God’s best version of us.  Pray for clarity regarding our gifts and opportunities to leverage those gifts. 

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