40 Days • No Longer Slaves • Part 3

Why is it so important that Jesus came to set us free? What exactly did He set us free to do?

Large Group

  1. What was your biggest takeaway from reading the 40 Days this past week? What was your biggest takeaway from this weekend’s sermon?
  2. Everyone is searching for something to free us that will fulfill us. How have you seen this play out in your life?  If comfortable, share a personal story. What are some of the things you search for satisfaction in that leave you feeling discontent?
  3. Read Colossians 1:15-19.  Jesus is who ultimately will fulfill you. Pastor James said, “Jesus sets you free to live and be happy, satisfied, loved, joyful, and fulfilled.” Is viewing Jesus this way a hard concept for you to grasp? Why or why not? Read Psalm 16:11, Psalm 27:4, and Philippians 3:8. Why do we search for satisfaction in things despite the fact that we know we were created for more?
  4. Read Colossians 1:20-21. There is an endless cycle of dissatisfaction.
    Alienation = needing something else besides Jesus
    Hostility = constantly disappointed we haven’t found satisfaction
    Doing Evil Deeds = so we search for more
    In this endless cycle, what is the root of our conflict with God?
  5. What you think will set you free actually keeps you from being free. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What is something that you allowed in to your life, thinking it would bring fulfillment, but it ended up hindering your relationship with God?
  6. Read Colossians 1:22. Jesus Christ alone can free you because He alone can fulfill you. Discuss practical ways in which this group can help each other find fulfillment in Jesus.

Small Group

  1. How have the memory verses and/or 40 Days readings each week helped you through the times when it was difficult to sustain your commitment of sacrifice?
  2. Individually, think about a friend, neighbor, or coworker whose life you can begin to invest in so that when the time is right, you can invite them to church using the Easter invite cards. What is the best next step for you to take with that person?
  3. Share how you’ve been using social media to #WorkYourCircle. A brief description of this initiative is below.

    #WorkYourCircle is an initiative to invite others to be a part of our Easter services at the Journey this year! Whether it’s the barista at Starbucks, your neighbor across the street, or a colleague from work, we all have people in our lives who desperately need the hope of the Gospel. This year, we challenge you to invite these people in your circle, but not just invite. We want you to post about it on social media as well!

    We have seen that a single idea can spread like wildfire on social media when people are passionate enough about it. So that’s exactly what we want to do: create a passion of inviting that spreads like wildfire throughout the social media world. Your action steps are to invite, take a picture (however you want to interpret that), and post it on your social media accounts with the hashtag #WorkYourCircle. To encourage you, we have prizes to give away leading up to Easter, so ready…get set…work it!

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