24: A Day With God • Part 1

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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 One Group Guide

THE MORNING HOUR

How do you feel in the first moments of the day? What does your life look like early in the morning? Is God a part of your morning routine? Some of us are “morning people” who wake up feeling bright, perky, and happy for a new day. Others wake up late, rushing to get ready, depressed about the morning news, and stressed even before arriving at work or school. Regardless of your personality and disposition toward early morning, it is the best time to reach out and take God’s hand so you can walk confidently with him throughout the rest of the day. The four actions we discuss here, if practiced on a daily basis, will help you make that early morning connection with God, leading to a better day and a better life!

Open your group with a prayer.

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

SHOUT IT—WORDS OF WORSHIP!

• Why is recognizing God’s presence important?
• How can praise develop humility in one’s character?
• What advantage can we gain by beginning the day praising God?
• Why is praising God good for us?
• Why should we praise God when we don’t feel like it?
We have often been taught that “feelings follow actions.” So, even though it may be difficult to get up in the morning and you may not feel like worshiping God, take a few seconds to praise God in your heart when you awake. For suggestions of words of praise, find a verse in the book of Psalms to memorize, so you can shout it in your heart in the morning.

FEEL IT—WORTH FROM GOD!

• How does God’s unfailing love make the psalmist feel?
• Why is it important to feel worth from God in the morning?
• What does it mean to you to feel God’s love?
• Why might we need to be reminded of God’s love during the rest of the day?
• How are we reminded of God’s love?
Discipleship is growing to be like Jesus Christ. How can knowing and feeling his unfailing love support our growth?

HIDE IT – WORDS OF GOD IN YOUR HEART!

• What are ways in which the word of God can save you from going the wrong way?
• Discuss favorite ways to read and memorize scripture. Why do they work well for you?
• Discuss what will constitute a realistic morning Bible habit for you?
• Why do people feel guilty about not reading the Bible, or not reading it enough? How can we avoid this feeling of guilt?
• Discuss why it is best to read the Bible each morning. How can this habit enhance the rest of the day?
• Discuss what could help you maintain this habit or discipline.
God’s Word, hidden in your heart, can be helpful when you want to share Christ with those who do not know him. Which Bible verses would you like to know for this purpose? How many mornings will it take to memorize them?

SAY IT – WORDS OF PRAYER!

• What could be the biggest benefit to your day if you connect with God for a few minutes of prayer in the morning?
• God’s response to prayer can include wisdom, courage, confidence/perseverance, changed circumstances, and actual miracles. Which is most common for you?
• What are some of the distractions that keep us from meditating or focusing on God’s laws and ways throughout the day?
• How can beginning the day with words of prayer influence how we interact with and serve others throughout the day?
We do not simply begin the day with prayer as a human routine or formula, but pray to better connect with God on a heart–to–heart basis. When we commune with God, we can commune better with others. Briefly pray each morning this week that God will prepare you for ministry opportunities and ways to bless others.

Leader Notes

• Begin the day by using words of worship.
• Embark on your 24-hour day with God by feeling your worth from him in the morning.
• Reserve a time in your morning to read God’s Word.
• Practice using words of prayer to connect with God in the morning and to better serve others throughout the day.
• Agree that regardless of your disposition toward mornings, your life will be better if you make some connection with God early in the morning. Commit to begin by focusing on one of the four action steps.
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:

Start by spending a minute discussing with your group whether you are or are not a “morning” person, and how that reality affects your reaction to the four action steps suggested here.

As you ponder and discuss these four points, can you feel God telling you “This is what you need in your life”? Do these steps feel right to you, or do they feel artificial and awkward? Many people, though Christians, are living powerless Christian lives in which they are starving spiritually, unconnected with God. Frequently people hope to connect with God at some point later in the day, but never do. Resolve now to begin every day with a commitment to live with God and for God. If one of the four steps is conspicuously missing from your mornings, share your resolution with the group to initiate that step tomorrow. If all these steps are absent from the first part of your day, select the one God is telling you right now is most important to start with and commit to your group to add that step to tomorrow morning’s routine.

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