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A New Self

Getting to Know You:
• What was the best gift you received this Christmas?
• What was the worst gift you ever received?

Going Deeper:
• According to Col.3:1-2 we are called to set our hearts and minds on things above. To set means to seek or pursue after something. How might we seek things that are above and what are the things above that we are to set our minds and hearts on?
• Col.3:5 calls us to put to death a list of 5 things. Discuss what each of the things on this list refer to and talk about why these things are considered “earthly”?
• Look up Eph.4:23-24 and Romans 12:2 and talk about what it means to be renewed.
• What are we to put on according to Col.3:12-15? How are we to forgive one another according to vs.13? Discuss what it means to forgive like God has forgiven us.
• Vs.14 says the most important thing to put on is love. Why is this the most important? How do we let forgiveness, love and peace develop in our lives according to vs.17. What does that look like in your life?

Taking it Home:
• Take a look at the 2 lists of things to take off and put on in Col.3:5-9 and 3:12-15. Determine which of the things you need to put off and on and make a plan on how to do both this week.
• Ask someone close to you what you need to take off the most

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New Year, New You Part 1

Getting to Know you:
• What was the highlight of your Christmas break?
• What, if any, is your new years resolution? How likey do you think you are to following through on it?

Going Deeper:
• Read 2 Corinthians 5: 15-21
o Briefly summarize what the text is saying.
o something that stand out to
you?
• What do you think it means to be made righteous? What are the noticeable signs in your life that you have been made righteous?
• In what way is the “old you” different than the “new you” after you decided to follow Jesus?
• In what ways has the way you see others changed since you have become a new creation?
• What does it mean to live your life for Jesus, instead of for yourself?

Taking it Home:
• What does being a reconcilor and an ambassador mean for you practically in your life today?

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My Pet Sin Pride

Getting to Know You:
• What’s your favourite type of pie?
• What made you happy this week?

Going Deeper:
• Why are we often tempted to put ourselves first? Why is it difficult to believe that by putting myself low, I will be exalted according to vs.11?
• Discuss some practical ways to put ourselves last instead of first?
• Is it alright to serve with a motivation for reward? See Luke 14:12-14, Matt.6:1-4, Matt.6:19-21, 1 Tim.6:17-19 to assist you.
• Read James 4:6-10
o Why does God actively oppose the proud?
o How does this make you feel?
o According to these verses, how should we “humble yourselves before the Lord.”
o What does it mean that if we humble ourselves “he will lift you up”?
• Read Psalm 10:1-11 .
o According to vs.3-4, 6 & 10 What type of attitude typifies the proud?
o Why does the proud person have “no room for God”?
o How does the proud person live?
o According to vs.12-18 what is the end result of the proud?
o Is there any hope for the proud?

Taking it Home:
• Plan as a family how to let your humility lead you to generosity. Come up with some ideas to be generous then implement them.
• Make the following prayer a part of your daily routine: Lord keep me humble.

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My Pet Sin Worry

Getting to Know you:

  • What is your greatest fear?
  • What’s your favourite book of the Bible?

Going Deeper:

  • Read Phil.4:8 and discuss the following:
    • What should we focus on instead of worry?
    • What makes it difficult to focus on these things?
    • How have you practically focussed on these things?
  • Read Matt.6:19-34. What truths can you identity as being vital for ridding ourselves of anxiety?
  • Twice we are commanded to rejoice in Phil.4:4. What’s a good biblical definition of rejoice?  Is it more a feeling or decision of the will?  How might you cultivate joy in your life?
  • How does God’s peace guard our hearts and minds according to Phil.4:7? How does it make you feel knowing the God of peace will be with you?
  • Read 1 Peter 5:7.
    • How might we cast our anxiety on the Lord?
    • What are some ways you’ve personally seen God caring for you?

Taking it Home:

  • Make a list of the things you worry about most and start praying and petitioning and requesting with thanks to God to have you give them over to him.
  • Spend time this week committing Phil.4:6-7 to memory and come prepared to recite it next week.
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My Pet Sin Lust

Getting to Know You:
-Word Association: When you hear the word Community, what comes to mind?
-What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on? Or if you could go anywhere where would you go?

Going Deeper:
-Go over the 10 commandments actions you learned on Sunday.
-Look up Prov.6:20‐29.
Who is teaching who in these verses?
What does vs.26‐29 say are some of the consequences of lust?
What in these verses keeps one from adultery?

-Look up James 1:13‐15
Where does lust come from?
What’s the end result of lust?

-Look up 1 John 2:15‐17.
Where does lust come from?
What will happen with lust eventually?
What’s wrong with “just looking” according to these verses?

-What did you learn from Andrew Abbott’s story of freedom from lust and porn on Sunday?

Taking it Home:
-Gear up for the battle by choosing a fight verse to memorize this week. Some suggestions:
Eph.5:3, Job.31:1, I Thess.4:3‐4, 2 Cor.10:5

-Protect yourself and your family by going to www.timchallies.com and read and implement the porn free family.
-Ensure you’re no getting porn for your children this year for Christmas by protecting them from their devices.

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Building Your Life on a Solid Foundation

Getting to Know you:
➢ If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about, and which actor would you want to play you?
➢ If you could be anybody besides yourself, you would be.

Going Deeper:

Read the following passages from the Sermon on the Mount and discuss a few of the following attitudes and behaviours mean when building the Strong Foundation of a Spiritual Christian Life;


Taking it Home:

Salvation is by faith alone in Jesus Christ, but obedience to Jesus’ teaching is vitally important to further the work of the kingdom. Jesus teaching in the Sermon on the Mount was intended to be obeyed. You will not be rewarded in heaven for what you heard and believed, only for what you did in obedience to Christ. One of our former pastors used to speak of God’s coming question for each of us on Judgment Day; “What did you do with my Son Jesus?”

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Valuing The Bible

Getting to Know you: 

  • When you hear the word priceless, what do you think of?
  • What’s your favourite Bible story and why?

Going Deeper:

  • Read Jeremiah 23:29, Hebrews 4:12. What pictures are used in these verses for the Word of God and how does the Bible function that way?
  • Kevin talked about how the bible is historically accurate, scientifically accurate and prophetically accurate. Talk about how you might convince someone of the legitimacy of the Bible using one or more of these methods.
  • Read Psalm 119:105 and talk about how the Bible is like a GPS.
  • The Bible claims to bring comfort. Read 2 Cor.1:3-5 and speak about how you could bring comfort to other Christians as well as non believers using God’s Word.
  • Read Psalm 119:9-11 and talk about how God’s Word can keep you from sinning.
  • Look up the following verses and discuss the importance of obeying God’s Word. 11:1/John 14:15, 15:14, 1 John 2:3.

Taking It Home

  • Spend time praying for you group that you might rejoice and delight in God’s Word as you should.
  • Review your schedule and think through what you could cut out so God’s Word could receive the important place it deserves in your life.

 

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Is The Bible, Reliable?

Getting to Know You:
– What’s your favourite book (outside of the Bible) and why?
– Who is the person who was most influential in you becoming a Christian?

Going Deeper:
– 2 Tim.3:12 tells us that “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Read Matt.10:22 as well. Have you ever been persecuted for your faith? Is it possible we might not be living our faith out the way we should if we’re not being persecuted? How should we be living out our faith then? Sometimes persecution comes from inside the church. Talk about how you can deal with it both inside and outside the church.
– Discuss what you Learn from Paul’s persecutions by looking up Acts 9:19-25, 13:42‐52, 14:8‐20, 16:16‐40, 23:12‐22
– What convinced you of the reliability and relevance of the Bible?
– In what ways does a prayerful and regular study of the bible help you develop a consistent world view? How does the bible speak to relevant issues such as the sanctity of life? Marriage and family? Race and culture? Work ethic? Sexuality and identity? Look up verses that deal with these issues then discuss them as a group.

Take it home:
– Make God’s Word more relevant to you this week by feeding on it regularly.
– Ask God to give you a joy to read, study and know His Word.

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My Pet Sin Anger

Getting to Know You:
– If you could do anything or go anywhere, what would you do or where would you go?
– What would you parents have named you if you were born the opposite gender?

Going Deeper:
– Eph.4:26 makes it clear it’s possible to be angry and not sin. Talk about why anger is most of the time sinful. Talk about a time in your life when you felt your anger was justified because it made God angry as well.
– In Matthew 5:21‐26 Jesus says anger is just as serious as murder. Discuss why Jesus so strongly warns against anger. What solution does Jesus offer for anger in vs.23‐24. Notice what we should do before worship.
– Read James 1:19‐20. What’s God’s solution to when we feel angry. How might we be slow to anger? Note the difference between God’s anger and man’s anger.
– Proverbs 15:1 says a soft anger turns away wrath. How have you experienced this in your life at home or work or play or elsewhere?
– Eph.4:31 lists 6 different types of anger. List them and talk about which one you struggle with the most and how to solve that.
– According to Eph.4:32 the antidote to anger is love and forgiveness. How can these 2 things practically help calm our anger?

Taking it Home:
– Memorize Psalm 4:4
– When you do get angry, before you respond ask the question “Why am I so angry?”

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My Pet Sin Greed

Getting to Know You:
• What’s your happy crappy from this week?
• Whose your favourite dead poet/singer and why?

Going Deeper:
• Look up Genesis 4:1-7. What’s the context? What sin is attempting to do in your life? How you can master the sin in your life?
• Read Col.3:5-8 and Eph.5:3-8. What is greed defined as in both passages? Discuss how greed is like that. What’s the good news in both of these passages?
• In Luke 12:15-21 Jesus tells a story about a rich farmer that sounds very similar to the way we view retirement. How can you ensure you won’t be called a Fool by God in your retirement years? Talk about how to use your retirement years for the Kingdom and “be rich towards God” about leaving a legacy gift for your church or kingdom work when you die.
• Look up Phil.4:10-19 and 1 Tim.6:6-10 and discuss how contentment is the antidote to greed. What is the secret to contentment? How can greed be a root sin leading to other sins?
• Discuss the following statements: Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, greed aggressively affirms ourselves; Jesus calls us to find joy in giving, greed attempts to find joy by keeping or hoarding.

Taking it Home:
• Think through how you might live more simply and seek God’s kingdom first (Luke 12:31)
• Memorize and Meditate on Phil.4:10-13

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