Community Group Homework
For the week of January 22, 2017
1. We’re over halfway through January without a major snowstorm this winter. Is this good news or sad news? Why?
2. Have you ever jumped into something without counting the cost and had it come back to bite you? What did you learn?
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
When it comes to taking a step to moving spiritually, what is the biggest challenge for you? How can you overcome that challenge?
On Sunday we looked at two illustrations or examples that Jesus used to talk to people about counting the cost of dis- cipleship, found in Luke 14:28-33. Have someone from your group read the passage and then discuss the following.
– Luke mentions in Luke 14:25 that Jesus was talking to a large crowd that was following Him. Why do you think that Luke mentioned that and what bearing does it have on Jesus’ teaching?
– What do you believe that Jesus wanted to teach to the crowd (and to us) with the examples of the building of a tower or going to war?
– How do these examples Jesus give relate to your own spiritual jour- ney? Is there an area where you have had to “count the cost” in following Jesus? If so, how?
– What do you think Jesus means when He says, “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”? Is He asking us to give everything we have away? To give Him everything we have?
In order to MOVE in our spiritual growth (discipleship), we identi ed three important steps:
1. Make a decision.
2. Make a plan.
3. Make yourself accountable.
– Which one of these steps is most likely to trip you up or is the most challenging for you? Why?
– Which one of these steps do you think is or could be most helpful to you? Why?
– On Sunday Darrick said, “The greater the accountability, the greater the accomplishment.” Do you agree or disagree with that statement?
– How do you de ne accountability? Do you see it as something that is helpful or something that is controlling? Why do you feel that way?
WRAPPING IT UP
As we close, we’d like you to consider the “BIG 3” questions related to this series and the mission of our church:
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?
– Have you identi ed your next step?
– Would you say your next step is a direction or more of an intention?
– How can this group help you to take your next step? Do you need help making a decision? Making a plan? Making yourself accountable?
Take time to pray for each other asking God to help every- one in your group to turn their intentions into directions.
Are there any needs that we can pray for as a group?