This Means War — Week 5

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THIS MEANS WAR SERIES OVERVIEW

Week Five 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

• Name some things people are motivated to start, but can easily feel like giving up.• Start your discussion by having group members read aloud Hebrews 11:35-12:4.• Encourage members to apply the six points from this study guide when they feel like giving up.• Give all members a chance to share something they felt like giving up on. Then pray for one another.• Pray: “Lord, thank you for showing us right from wrong. Thank you for those who encourage us to do right and not give up. We pray for discernment to know the race you set before us. Grant us your wisdom and strength to let go of any weight or sin that hinders our progress. Holy Spirit, help us keep our eyes focused on Jesus, on eternal rewards, and all that our Savior has done for us.”
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.

HOW CAN I BE FAITHFUL TO GOD?

Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 aloud. What does it say in this passage about our present day problems compared to eternity?
• Why is it important to keep our focus on eternity when we are facing difficulties in our lives, such as being unemployed or having a problem with our health or a difficult marriage?

According to Galatians 6:9, why is it important to persevere in doing what is right?
• Commit this verse to memory as a group, so that you will be reminded to not give up when times are tough. Recite it several times aloud together. (Say the reference before and after the verse.)
• Review the verse next week.

It’s easy to be generous when you have much. But faithful people are generous when their resources are short.

In 2 Corinthians 8:2 what was the state of the people of the church in Macedonia? What flowed from the people in the church of Macedonia and why?
 • If God would bless the people of the Macedonian church, how might he do the same for us?

What does Jesus tell us to do with our worldly resources in Luke 16:9-14?
 • What are the consequences of unfaithfulness with worldly wealth?

God’s number one test of our faithfulness is how we use our money.

Here are five principles of God’s provision:
1. Obeying God’s vision will bring God’s provision.
2. When I do all God tells me to do, he does what I can’t do.
Jesus can only work with what I give him.
If I give him nothing, he has nothing to multiply.
3. God gives more to generous people.
4. When I have a need, I sow a seed.
I first must give away what I need. For example: If I need more energy I must first expend energy. If I need more time, I need to give time to another person.
5. There is always a delay between sowing and reaping.

HOW GOD USES MY FAITHFULNESS

According to Matthew 9:2 who brought the paralyzed man to Jesus?
• Whose faith was Jesus looking at when he healed the man?
• What are some ways we can share our faith with people in order to bring them to Jesus?
In 2 Timothy 2:2 what is Timothy to entrust to other faithful people?
• How many generations of faithful people are noted in this passage? Why is this significant?
• What are some ways we can build the faith of others?

Who did Jesus pray for in Luke 22:31-32?
• What did Jesus’ pray for Peter?
• What does Jesus ask Peter to do after he has repented and turned to him again?
• Since Peter later failed Jesus by denying him three times and was restored, how should we look on our own failures and the failure of others?

What does God do for Job in Job 33:27-28?
• Who does Job testify to?
• How can we use our testimony to mentor our friends?

Discipleship – God tests our integrity, unselfishness, persistence and generosity. The outworking of those tests is how we are willing to share the treasure God has given us with the people God placed in our lives. List two or three people for whom you will pray for opportunity to meet and share your faith. If you are not already in a mentoring relationship, think about who you might ask to be your mentor, or someone who might be asking you to mentor them. Add them to your list for prayer this week and be faithful to follow God’s direction.

PERSONAL APPLICATION AND COMMITMENT:

Over the past two weeks, we have seen several ways God tests our faith. How will you meet the challenge of these tests? Choose one of the six to begin taking action today. Find out which of the six points others in your study group have chosen and encourage them. Ask God to help you build your faith so you can confidently say you will be among the faithful whom Jesus would find if he were to return to earth tomorrow.
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