This Means War — Week 4

/This Means War — Week 4
This Means War — Week 42018-06-19T14:44:22+00:00

Gather

Gather/Get Together

Review

Review Your Time Since You Were Last Together

Open

Open God’s Word

Understand

Understand & Apply One Thing

Pray

Pray For Each Other

THIS MEANS WAR SERIES OVERVIEW

Week Four Group Guide

Throughout human history, there have been wars. Lasting days, months, even decades. But inside each of us a far more personal battle is raging. It’s one we’ll be fighting for the rest of our lives. And its impact will be eternal. This Means War is a multi-part series that will expose you to the real rules of engagement. And will equip you to fight and win the battle for your soul.

GROUP DISCUSSION GUIDE OVERVIEW

Jesus:
“When I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find on earth who have faith? “
Luke 18:8 (NLT)

This series started looking at the battle within each of us as part of the unseen war. Then we proceeded to look at the battles we face in the world around us. We soon learned that we can’t fight the battles without faith.  We also see from the opening verse that Jesus is very interested in finding people with faith. In this study we will find that faith is much more than believing in the correct doctrine. First we will learn three traits of faith. These will help us understand the second part of the study on discovering how to be faithful to God.

Open your group with a prayer. This is only a guide – select the points you want to discuss.

Leader Notes

Icebreaker: Who is the most persistent person you know?
Goal: How to be faithful in character, pass the test, build your faith and entrust it to other faithful people.
Prayer: “Lord, help us walk in faithfulness this week using our gifts unselfishly to benefit others, sharing what God has done in our lives to bring others to Christ.”
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.

Who is God looking for in 2 Chronicles 16:9?
• What does it mean to have a heart fully committed to God?
In Proverbs 20:6, what is it that people claim but is actually hard to find?
• What reason might a person have to claim faithfulness? How could this backfire on them if they are not as faithful as they claim?

What is the result God finds as he looks down on mankind in Psalm 53:2-3?
• How is our faith corrupted?

Read 1 John 5:4-5. Who will be able to overcome the world according to these verses?
• How does faith in Jesus allow us to overcome the world?

What can a faithful person expect according to Proverbs 28:20?
• We will be blessed both here and in heaven. What might some blessings look like in heaven?

HOW CAN I BE FAITHFUL TO GOD?

How do small matters relate to large matters according to Luke 16:10?
• It is said that your reputation is who everyone thinks you are, character is who you are when no one is watching, but integrity is the you God sees. How does personal integrity impact the decisions and activities of our personal or work lives?
• Why do you think small matters of integrity impact the larger sphere of our lives?

How does Luke 16:12 tell us to handle the possessions of others?
• Discuss as a group which things in our lives we have an opportunity to use faithfully, i.e. time on the job, things loaned to us by others, etc.
• God has placed us here on earth as a trust and as a test – we are apprentices, working toward becoming more like Christ. Why is it important to use things not our own faithfully?

What does 1 Peter 4:10 tell us to do with our gifts?
• We have a choice to live for ourselves or for something or someone bigger than ourselves. The use of our time, our ability to “close a deal” or to teach is not for our benefit but for the benefit of others. What are some ways we can use the gifts or talents God has given us?

In 1 Corinthians 4:2 what must follow trust?
• Does this verse sound like faithfulness is optional? How to you think individuals can prove themselves faithful?
• The size of a gift or talent or a trust is not important, it’s the use of it that God is watching. If we are not using our gifts to benefit others, what kind of effect does it have on other people, and ultimately on the church?

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.

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