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Life Group Discussion Guide

This Week's Readings:

Day 1-

READ: Mark 6:31

REFLECT: What does it mean that silence is “liberation from the noise.” How could silence in God’s presence be liberating in your life?

PRACTICE: Turn off the phone, find a quiet spot, and spend five minutes in silence today.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ: Luke 1:80, 3:1-18

REFLECT: Like Jesus, John the Baptist spent a period of time in the wilderness before beginning his ministry. How did God use John to prepare people for Jesus?

PRACTICE: Be intentional this week to “unplug” and seek silence and solitude. Where and when will that be? Put it in your calendar.

 

Day 2-

READ: Ephesians 5:15-17

REFLECT: What is the best thing in your life to say YES to right now?

PRACTICE: Ask God for wisdom to choose what is best, then allow time for silence as you sit in His presence, trusting in Him to lead you.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ: Tyranny of the Urgent (http://www.olemissxa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Tyranny-of-the-Urgent.pdf)

REFLECT: What are the urgent things and the important things in your life? How have you let the good be the enemy of the best in your life?

 

Day 3-

READ: Revelation 8:1

REFLECT: Heaven ceased its unending praise of God for a time of silence in anticipation of God’s mighty acts of judgment. How would silence increase anticipation (of change, of celebration) in your life?

PRACTICE: Make a list of the events and changes coming in your life. Add space in your calendar for silence as a way to prepare yourself.

 TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ: Psalm 37:7, Psalm 46

REFLECT: What are you waiting for in your life? How can the practice of silence bring you closer to God in the waiting?

PRACTICE: Silence does not have to be motionless. Spend some time in silence while walking, driving, or doing something with your hands (sewing, kneading, coloring, whittling, etc).

 

Day 4-

READ: Exodus 34:21

REFLECT: God’s law commanded regular rest, even in the busiest seasons. How would this affect

PRACTICE: How can you create space for rest in your busy schedule? Delete something from your schedule next week!

TAKE IT FURTHER!

WATCH: Learn more about how to Sabbath from this Right Now Media study, 24/6: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/358

PRACTICE: Start the conversation in your home about what it will take to establish a regular Sabbath for your family.

 

Day 5-

READ: Psalm 23:1-4

REFLECT: A shepherd cares for his sheep and wants what is best for them. If the Lord is your Shepherd, how will you let Him lead you to what is best?

PRACTICE: Preparing for this weekend, what might be the best use of your hours? Remember, sometimes good things crowd out time for what is best!

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ: Psalm 16

REFLECT: Psalm 16 and 23 are professions of trust in the Lord. Underline the words and phrases that declare trust and meditate on them.

PRACTICE: Trust God that He is best for you! Make a plan for an hour of solitude and quiet this weekend.

 

Last Week's Readings:

Day 1-

READ: Psalm 1:1-6

REFLECT: In these verses what are some characteristics of a person who is ‘blessed’ or fulfilled?

PRACTICE: Spend a minute honestly asking yourself if you are willing to invest a small portion of time each day to become that person.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ: Mark 1:35; Luke 4:42

REFLECT: Why do you think Jesus, who was fully God and totally without sin, chose to spend time with His Father early in the morning? 

PRACTICE: Decide on the best time daily to “find your chair”—a time when you are least likely to be interrupted and most likely to be mentally focused.

  

Day 2-

READ: 1 Peter 1:23-2:3

REFLECT: Think about the way newborn babies act when they are hungry.  Do you to want to be fed with God’s Word with that same intensity? 

PRACTICE: Pray and ask God to help you ‘acquire a taste’ for reading and enjoying the Bible.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

WATCH: Bill Hybels’ video “Coffee With God”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2SVmM4qbLE

REFLECT: How could your life be different in 2018 if you take time to meet with God regularly?

 

Day 3-

READ: Psalm 19:7-11

REFLECT: List some of the benefits these verses say we get from God’s Word. 

PRACTICE: Zero in on one of these that you particularly need in your life right now (wisdom, joy, revelation) and ask God to give that to you through His Word this year.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ: Psalm 90:12 and Matthew 6:33

REFLECT:  What would it look like to put God first in the way you spend the resource of  time?  How could giving Him first priority actually give you more time?

PRACTICE:  Just as all our finances come from God so all our time is a gift from Him.  Choose one way today to remind yourself of this (note on the mirror, phone message, etc.)

Day 4-

READ: Psalm 116:5; 2 Peter 3:9; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:23

REFLECT: God’s Word is a window (shows us who God is) and also a mirror (shows us who we are.)  Why do we need both of these elements?

PRACTICE: Find at least two more verses in your Bible that tell what God is like. You can use a concordance (index of verses) in the back of your Bible or simply Google search verses about God’s character.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

WATCH: This music video of Hebrews 4:12 on RightNow Media: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/KidsSeries/136097#10

PRACTICE: Find one way this week to use technology (audio version of the Bible; YouVersion on your phone; musical settings of Bible verses) to give you added time in God’s Word but not as a substitute for finding your chair.

 

Day 5-

READ: 1 Corinthians 10:11; Romans 15:4; Psalm 119:105-106

REFLECT: Think about ways you have learned life lessons from people who lived centuries ago through the Bible.  How has the Bible been a “light” to show you the way in life?

PRACTICE: Whenever you turn on a light today take a quick moment to thank God for the light of His Word.

TAKE IT FURTHER!

READ: Psalm 119:97-104; Read again Psalm 1:2,3

REFLECT: “in whatever he does, he prospers” (vs. 3) does not mean we will be financially prosperous or have an easy life. In fact, Jesus promises us trouble (John 16:33,) but when we sink our ‘roots’ deep into the truth of His Word we can stand firm on His promises and have joy in the midst of the trouble of the world.

PRACTICE: Look for a small block of time this weekend when you would normally be watching TV or scrolling through social media and instead read straight through a small book of the Bible like Philippians or Colossians.

It's important to read the Bible on a regular basis. We want to provide resources to help keep you on track. These readings allow you to take a longer look at some of the passages that the teaching pastor referenced during the weekend sermon. Please contact us if you have any questions/issues.

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