24: A Day With God • Part 2

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24: A Day With God • Part 22018-06-19T14:44:21+00:00

24: A DAY WITH GOD Series Overview

A personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, transforms every part of our lives and every hour of our days. Let’s take a look at a typical 24-hour day to see how God can transform all aspects of our lives when we cultivate our faith relationship with Him.

Week Two Group Guide

ONCE I LEAVE THE HOUSE

As Christ-followers, we all have 24 hours in a day; but how can we successfully live them in a manner that reveals Christ to those we encounter all the time? Weekend services can build us up and fill us with awareness of God’s presence and his love, but on Monday morning there’s a danger of living a life with different rules. This is a compartmentalized life: a life that separates a time for focusing on God from a life in the marketplace, playtime, and a life with friends and family.

Compartmentalizing allows us to honor God with part of our lives without compelling us to honor him at all times. We can begin our days devoting time to the Lord, speaking out a few words of worship; acknowledging God is with us; remembering God’s love for us; spending a few minutes memorizing Scripture, and praying. Most of us agree this simple time with God can set the tone for our day. But once we are out the door and real life hits us in the face, how do we fare?

Let’s look together at the problem of a compartmentalized life and how it keeps us from living in a way that continually reveals Christ to others.

Open your group with a prayer.

This is only a guide.  Pick and choose your points.

LIVE IT! I PUT MY FAITH IN ACTION!

  • What evidence does a tree provide about whether it is good or bad, according to Matthew 7:18–20?
    • What are examples of good and bad fruit in peoples’ lives?
    • Based on what Jesus said in the Gospels, what is one way people will recognize other Christians?
  • What process does Paul advocate in 2 Corinthians 13:5 to determine whether your faith is genuine?
    • What realistic way is there for a person to make this kind of test?
    • What evidence would there be if “Jesus Christ is in you”?

Times When We Often Put Aside Our Faith:

• According to 1 Chronicles 29:17, what virtue is God pleased to find in our heart?
• What examples of integrity or uprightness could God expect to find in peoples’ lives in the workplace?
• What common work or school situations create challenges to integrity?

• In contrast, what does Proverbs 11:20 say displeases God?
• How might peoples’ hearts get in this condition? Is this some choice they have made?

• What does 1 Timothy 6:10 say happens to some people who are too eager for money?
• What kinds of grief or sorrow is this verse likely warning about?
• How can we recognize when faith is getting put aside in the workplace because of money?

• What frustration does Ecclesiastes 5:10 predict for people having wrong attitudes about wealth?
• How can people accumulate significant wealth without having a wrong attitude about it?

• Read Luke 10:38–41. What was causing the problem described here?
• How might hurry and fatigue impact our ability to live out our faith? Who is affected by this?

DISCIPLESHIP

Discipleship during our day means becoming more Christ-like in character during every activity we undertake and every challenge we face, avoiding the temptation to create compartments of our life where Christ is absent. Who can you recruit as a spiritual partner to help you recognize the daily temptations to put aside your faith and hold you accountable to your goal of living your faith through your actions?

SHARE IT! I COMMUNICATE MY FAITH!

  • What does Matthew 5:16 tell us about how we are to live and why?
  • What are some reasons for our reluctance when it comes to sharing our faith? Are these really reasons, or excuses?
  •  Talk about the attitudes and/or behaviors we can model as Christians that are likely to attract others to Christ. Are words always necessary? Consider this quote from St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach at all times. When necessary, use words.”

How to express your faith:

• When you are in Christ, what does 2 Corinthians 5:17 say about you?
• How does this happen?
• What kinds of things keep us from feeling or acting as if we believe this verse? Does God say it is only true sometimes?
• What does it mean to “be yourself”? Discuss some examples.
• Galatians 5:6 refers to the only thing that counts, matters, or makes any difference. What is it?
• How is listening to others a picture of this?
• When we fail to give others our attention, what are we saying about ourselves?
• How might God use the simple act of our listening as an opportunity to show his love?
• In 1 Thessalonians 1:8, what did Paul say about the faith of the people in that church?
• Why do you think he said that?
• How can we live in such a way that people will see Christ in us? What can we do to make ourselves more aware of those opportunities?

MISSION

Think about what or who brought you to faith in Christ. Was your decision affected by the behavior of another, either positively or negatively? It’s important to recognize that we can push others away from Christ if we allow ourselves to get caught up in attitudes or behaviors that do not reflect God’s love. Who has God put on your heart to reach for his kingdom? Ask him to show himself through you whenever you interact with that person. Determine to be his message at all times.

Leader Notes

• Recognize what causes us to set faith aside during our day and resolve to be like Christ instead.
• Understand how God longs to see the gospel expressed through your life.
• Personally wrestle with the dangers of living a compartmentalized life and commit to honoring God with integrity in order to reveal Christ to others at all times.
PRAY for insight as you begin to prepare for leading your group. Ask for God’s wisdom, that the Holy Spirit will be the teacher and that you will be God’s instrument to lead the group to greater understanding and a willingness to commit to becoming more like God. Prayer should be your primary source of personal preparation for leading your group.

PLAN where you want to take your group in the next 60–90 days. Is your group strong in some areas and weak in others? How can you challenge the members to live more balanced Christian lives? Consider God’s five purposes for the church: Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, Mission and Worship, and make a plan to encourage your group members to growth and commitment in their weak areas.

PONDER your progress after each session and at the end of a series. Reflect on what went well and what didn’t. Re-evaluation is key to your growth as a leader. Consider whether your plan is being effective in moving the group to greater understanding and commitment. How are you doing with leading the discussion: is it stimulating, challenging, and meaningful? Are you able to keep the group on track? Do you need to make some changes?

This Sermon Discussion Guide is only a tool to aid you in meeting the needs of your group. For most groups there are too many questions to answer in one session together. After considering the needs of your group you may choose one of the following options:
One section of questions;
One or two questions from each section

• Feel free to adapt the format to meet the needs of your group. If your group is mature and wants to dig deeper, add Scripture and ask suitable questions. Remember that this is only a guide.

• The questions relating to the five purposes are helpful to develop balance and spiritual maturity in our lives. You can bring your group to an awareness of their needs in these areas by using these questions as a regular part of each discussion.

• Personal application is key to everyone’s growth and should be included in every discussion. When asked how he or she intends to apply a certain principle a group member may say, “I need to spend more time in the Bible and in prayer.” It is important for you to help group members make applications that are more specific and commit to a specific plan of action by asking, for example, “How are you going to begin?” An example is to get up 30 minutes earlier each morning, spending 15 minutes reading the Bible and 10 minutes in prayer. Encourage each group member to be accountable to the group for personal progress at the next meeting.

• As the leader your goal is to help bring the group into a stimulating discussion that helps the members recognize their need for personal life change. Ultimately you want them to be willing to commit to change with accountability to the group. Accountability helps us to persevere in our commitments and achieve the blessings of success.

Take a moment to review any assignments/challenges made during the personal application and commitment section of your previous meeting.  Seeing God at work in the lives of those who commit to him is essential for growth.

PERSONAL APPLICATION AND COMMITMENT:

Take a few minutes to prayerfully examine a day or two from your past week to look for evidence of compartmentalizing your faith in Christ. Review the key points of this lesson to help you see some specific ways God has shaped you to reveal his character to others throughout your day. Accountability with a spiritual partner can help us grow. Ask someone who knows your daily life well to be your spiritual partner, holding you accountable for a few months until you are both satisfied with your progress.
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