Community Group Homework
For the week of January 18, 2016
THE OFFICIAL ALEX DINGMAN WARM UP QUESTIONS
1. If you could see any band or artist in concert, who would you choose?
2. If you had to pick between that concert and the Super Bowl, which way would you lean?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
TALK ABOUT IT
1. What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from your past failures?
2. Why is it so difficult for us to forgive ourselves even after God has forgiven us of all our sins?
In 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Apostle Paul wrote:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
This verse explains that our identity is not based upon what we have done, but rather whom God says we are.
– Failure is an event – never a person. What does that
statement mean to you and how can you draw strength from it?
– What are some of the lies you have believed about yourself as a result of your past failures?
The Apostle Paul also wrote this about himself to the
Philippian church in Philippians 3:12-14:
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
This passage encourages us to realize that while we can’t change our past, God can change our future.
– Describe a past failure that you have fully overcome. How did you successfully overcome it?
– What does God’s grace and forgiveness mean to you? How has it changed you and helped you overcome your failures?
TAKING IT HOME
Here are some specific things you can do this week that will help you in getting past your personal failures and embracing the future God has planned for you.
Because overcoming the pain of personal failures can be a difficult process for most people, take the first step of spending additional time with God in prayer. Expand your prayer time with God over the next week and pray specifically that He will deliver you from the pain and bondage caused by your past failures. Allow Him to renew your mind as you pray.
One of the central themes found in the Bible is overcoming past failures. There are many great examples in God’s Word of people who overcame their mistakes and embraced God’s future, as well as verses that show us how to overcome our past failures. As you work towards overcoming your past failures, read the following verses this week and allow them to renew your mind: Hebrews 4:14-16, Jude 1:24-25, Psalm 73:26, Philippians 3:12-15, Joshua 7:1-15, Psalm 37:8 and Romans 8:37.