Community Group Homework

For the week of January 29, 2017

GETTING STARTED

1. The best part of the Super Bowl is: the game, the food, the commercials, or not watching it?

2. Have you ever felt like something in your life was “stuck in a rut”? What did you do to get out of it?

 

QUICK REVIEW

Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, chal- lenged or confused you?

 

TALK ABOUT IT

– Can you think of someone you know who has experienced an incredible transformation? What made it so incredible?

 

DIGGING DEEPER

The Apostle Paul was a guy who had been taught and trained to be a Jewish religious leader. He had a lot of deep- ly ingrained beliefs and customs in his life. Then one day Jesus changed all of that and his life was transformed. Paul took a lot of time to explain Jesus and His gift of salvation to the Roman church and then he challenged them to respond in Romans 12:1-2. Read that passage together (maybe in a couple different versions) and discuss it together.

– We often think of ourselves as taking the initiative in coming to God, but Paul says, “in view of God’s mercy…” Looking back, can you see some ways that God was at work in your life BEFORE you became a Christ- follower? How so?

– What do you think it means to offer yourself to God as a “living sacrifice”?

 

Someone once said, “The only problem with living sacri ces is they keep crawling off the altar.” What do you think they mean by that? Do you agree?

– In your opinion, what does it mean to be “conformed to the pattern of this world?” Why do you think it’s so easy to fall into the pattern of the world?

– Paul says we should be transformed by renewing our minds, or “letting God change the way you think.” What does our thinking have to do with transforming who we are?

 

On Sunday, we identi ed some ways that God can change the way we think. They were:

– The Bible – Relationships – Serving Others – The Holy Spirit

– Which of these has been a part of God’s changing the way you think? How so?

– Are there any other ways that God has helped to transform who you are by renewing your mind? What are they?

– On Sunday, Darrick said, “God’s will is way more about WHO you are than WHERE you are.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

– How important is it to you to know what God’s will is for your life? How hard is it to know that?

 

WRAPPING IT UP

As we close, we’d like you to consider the “BIG 3” questions one more time:

1. What is YOUR next step toward Christ?
2. WHO or WHAT can help you to take that step?

3. Who are you helping to take THEIR next step?

 

Take time to pray for each other asking God to help every- one in your group to be transformed and to know God’s will for their lives.

 

Are there any needs that we can pray for as a group?


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