Family Devotion – December 2017

Parents, as stable as a student’s life may seem from the outside, most of them experience times where they feel as if they are one step away from everything falling apart.

Parents, share a time from your life where everything seemed to be falling apart.

  • Who would you consider part of your main group of friends?
  • What would the perfect group of friends look like?
  • Read Proverbs 17:17 and Proverbs 18:24. Which friends are the best examples of those verses in your life?
  • Read Proverbs 27:17. How are your friends sharpening you and how are you sharpening your friends?
  • Are there any friendships that you know you need to get out of? How can we. as parents, help?

Pray together as a family.

Daily Reading – Decmber 2017

Memory Verse
Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.
Psalm 102:25-27

Week 1
December 11 | Daniel 1:1-2
December 12 | Daniel 1:3-4
December 13 | Daniel 1:5-6
December 14 | Daniel 1:7-8
December 15 | Daniel 1:9-10

Week 2
December 18 | Daniel 1:11-12
December 19 | Daniel 1:13-14
December 20 | Daniel 1:15-16
December 21 | Daniel 1:17-18
December 22 | Daniel 1:19-21

Week 3
December 25 | Daniel 3:1-2
December 26 | Daniel 3:3-4
December 27 | Daniel 3:5-6
December 28 | Daniel 3:7-8
December 29 | Daniel 3:9-10

 

Week 4
January 1 | Daniel 3:11-12
January 2 | Daniel 3:13-14
January 3 | Daniel 3:15-16
January 4 | Daniel 3:17-18
January 5 | Daniel 3:19-20

Week 5
January 8 | Daniel 3:21-22
January 9 | Daniel 3:23-24
January 10 | Daniel 3:25-26
January 11 | Daniel 3:27-28
January 12 | Daniel 3:29-30

 


HOW TO USE SOAP

S.O.A.P. journaling is a simple and excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to you. It's also a useful tool to use at a later time when you want to reflect on and review some of the 'gems' that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and important lessons! Furthermore, while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your Life Group or spouse, so having a written record becomes very important! Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight, and even encourage others!

S. FOR SCRIPTURE

It all starts when you read the Bible, whether it is a verse or chapter. When you read the Bible, pay attention to what verse or phrase really stands out to you. Feel free to underline in your Bible as you read; this will help you identify meaningful verses or phrases. Once you identify what stands out the most, write it down.

O. FOR OBSERVATION

This part is as simple as writing down what you think the verse or phrase means. Don't worry about getting this exactly right; that is not the point. The most important part of this is beginning to interact with the Bible.

A. FOR APPLICATION

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today. 

P. FOR PRAYER

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

How to reference the Bible:  John 18:1-11 – Book=John | Chapter=18: | Verse(s)= 1 through 18

2nd Wednesday – December Questions

Questions

  1. What is your favorite onscreen (TV, Movies, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) friendship? Why
  2. What do you believe is the most important quality to have in a friend? Why?

  3. Read Proverbs 17:17. How has one of your friends stepped up for you during your time of need?

  4. Read Proverbs 18:24. We all desire that close friendship that lasts a lifetime. Which of your friends has been that for you? How long have you known each other? What do you love the most about your friendship?

  5. Read Proverbs 12:26. We have all been burned by our friends at some point in our lives. How have your friends “led you astray” in the past?

  6. Read Proverbs 27:17. How do your friends challenge you and encourage you? How do you encourage your friends?

Accountability

  • Do you feel like you need new friends? Why or why not? Have you ever found it hard to make friends at church? What stops you from developing deeper relationships with the people you are around?

  • How can we help you develop more beneficial friendships within this group?

Daily Reading – November 2017

Memory Verse
Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.
Psalm 102:25-27

Week 1
November 6 | Psalm 102: 1-3
November 7 | Psalm 102: 4-6
November 8 | Psalm 102: 7-9
November 9 | Psalm 102: 10-12
November 10 | Psalm 102:13-15

Week 2
November 13 | Psalm 102:15-17
November 14 | Psalm 102: 18-20
November 15 | Psalm 102: 21-23
November 16 | Psalm 102: 24-26
November 17 | Psalm 102: 27-28

Week 3
November 20 | James 1:1-4
November 21 | James 1:5-8
November 22 | James 1:9-12
November 23 | James 1:13-15
November 24 | James 1:16-1

Week 4
November 27 | Malachi 3:6-7
November 28 | Malachi 3:8-9
November 29 | Malachi 3:10-11
November 30 | Malachi 3: 12
December 1 | Hebrews 1:1-4

Week 5
December 4 | Hebrews 1:5-6
December 5 | Hebrews 1:7-9
December 6 | Hebrews 1:10-12
December 7 | Hebrews 1:12-14
December 8 | Psalm 33:11


HOW TO USE SOAP

S.O.A.P. journaling is a simple and excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to you. It's also a useful tool to use at a later time when you want to reflect on and review some of the 'gems' that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and important lessons! Furthermore, while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your Life Group or spouse, so having a written record becomes very important! Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight, and even encourage others!

S. FOR SCRIPTURE

It all starts when you read the Bible, whether it is a verse or chapter. When you read the Bible, pay attention to what verse or phrase really stands out to you. Feel free to underline in your Bible as you read; this will help you identify meaningful verses or phrases. Once you identify what stands out the most, write it down.

O. FOR OBSERVATION

This part is as simple as writing down what you think the verse or phrase means. Don't worry about getting this exactly right; that is not the point. The most important part of this is beginning to interact with the Bible.

A. FOR APPLICATION

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today. 

P. FOR PRAYER

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

How to reference the Bible:  John 18:1-11 – Book=John | Chapter=18: | Verse(s)= 1 through 18

2nd Wednesday – November Questions

Questions

  1. Describe God with the first word that comes to mind. Good or bad (Go around the room to make sure everyone answers the question).
  2. Now close your eyes and picture God in your mind. What do you see?
  3. Of all the words and descriptions that you have heard, which one do you agree with the most? Which one do you have the hardest time believing?
  4. Read Psalm 102:1-11. The writer of this Psalm is clearly dealing with some issues and he talks about the shortness of human life. But this is a common response of people who are dealing with issues that they feel they cannot handle. Why do you believe that people are so quick to talk about death in the midst of trouble?
  5. Read Psalm 102:12-24. The tone of the writer changes here. Nothing about his situation has changed, yet his outlook on it has. How has it changed? Why do you think his view of the situation is different now?
  6. Read Psalm 102:25-28. The writer finishes the Psalm off by reminding his audience, himself, and us that God is unchanging. The theological term for unchanging is immutability. Based on the entire Psalm that we just read, why is it important for us to remember that God never changes? How does it compare to James 1:17?
  7. Read Hebrews 1:10-12. Now read Hebrews 13:8. What does this say about Jesus’s identity?

Accountability

  • What situation in your life feels most like it’s out of control? What are you doing to deal with the problem?
  • Is it hard to believe that God is unchanging when it seems like everything and everyone around you is changing all of the time?
  • Do you find your relationship with God to be inconsistent right now? How can we pray for you?

Family Devotion – November 2017

Parents, as stable as a student’s life may seem from the outside, most of them experience times where they feel as if they are one step away from everything falling apart.

Parents, share a time from your life where everything seemed to be falling apart.

  • What did you hold on to during that time to get you through it?
  • What in a student’s life feels like it is constantly changing?
  • When we face those moments, what is it that we use to help get through it?
  • Read Psalm 102:25-27 and James 1:17. What do these passages teach us about God?
  • In what ways does this truth encourage you in uncertain times?
  • What practical steps can you take in those unstable moments to trust in God, who never changes.

Pray together as a family.

4th Wednesday – October Questions

Questions

  1. Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong or fit in somewhere? Why did you feel that way? How did you overcome this?
  2. Many times, we can feel like we aren’t important or needed within the church. This can lead us to feel like we don’t fit in or belong. Read 1 Corinthians 12:21-30. What does this passage teach us about the times we feel unimportant or unneeded within the church?
  3. In what ways does this passage encourage you?
  4. Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. What does this passage teach us about how God has designed and gifted each of us?
  5. How does someone discover their role or gifting within the church? What does this process look like?
  6. When you begin to realize that God has a part for you to play, how does that help you feel connected and important to His mission?
  7. What steps can someone take to begin to discover their role and then start plugging in?
  8. What does this look like?

Accountability

  1. What have you learned about yourself and the way God has shaped and gifted you to serve?

  2. What is one struggle you are having when it comes to serving? What step can you take this week in this area?

2nd Wednesday – October Questions

Questions

  1. Divide your group into two teams. Give them two minutes to write down as many parts of a cell phone as possible. See which team comes up with the most parts.
  2. Why does a cell phone have so many different parts? What would happen if one or more of these parts were missing?
  3. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. What does this passage teach us about the church? What does it mean that the church is like a body?
  4. Just because one part of the body is different than another, does that mean that it is less important? Why or why not?
  5. What are some of the different parts or roles within the church? How do each of these play an important part in the bigger mission of the church?
  6. What would happen if some of the parts of the church didn’t participate or fulfill their role? What would be missing?
  7. Why is it encouraging to know that God has designed you to play a specific role in the church?
  8. What keeps people from playing their part in the church?
  9. What are some of the joys that

Accountability

  1. How is your pursuit of God going over the last few weeks? How can we pray for you?
  2. Where are you serving within the church? What step can you take to play your part andfulfill your role?

Daily Reading – October 2017

Memory Verse
“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” - Luke 24:27

 

Week 1
October 9 | 1 Corinthians 12:1-3
October 10 | 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
October 11 | 1 Corinthians 12:7-9
October 12 | 1 Corinthians 12:10-11
October 13 | 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

Week 2
October 16 | 1 Corinthians 12:15-16
October 17 | 1 Corinthians 12:17-18
October 18 | 1 Corinthians 12:19-20
October 19 | 1 Corinthians 12:21
October 20 | 1 Corinthians 12:22-24

Week 3
October 23 | 1 Corinthians 12:25-26
October 24 | 1 Corinthians 12:27-28
October 25 | 1 Corinthians 12:29-31
October 26 | Romans 12:3
October 27 | Romans 12:4-5

Week 4
October 30 | Romans 12:6
October 31 | Romans 12:7-8
November 1 | Romans 12:9-10
November 2 | Romans 12:11-12
November 3 | Romans 12:13


HOW TO USE SOAP

S.O.A.P. journaling is a simple and excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to you. It's also a useful tool to use at a later time when you want to reflect on and review some of the 'gems' that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and important lessons! Furthermore, while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your Life Group or spouse, so having a written record becomes very important! Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight, and even encourage others!

S. FOR SCRIPTURE

It all starts when you read the Bible, whether it is a verse or chapter. When you read the Bible, pay attention to what verse or phrase really stands out to you. Feel free to underline in your Bible as you read; this will help you identify meaningful verses or phrases. Once you identify what stands out the most, write it down.

O. FOR OBSERVATION

This part is as simple as writing down what you think the verse or phrase means. Don't worry about getting this exactly right; that is not the point. The most important part of this is beginning to interact with the Bible.

A. FOR APPLICATION

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today. 

P. FOR PRAYER

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

How to reference the Bible:  John 18:1-11 – Book=John | Chapter=18: | Verse(s)= 1 through 18

Family Devotion – October 2017

Parents, share an example of a choice that seemed small or insignificant at the time, but ended up shaping your life in a significant way.

Use these questions to lead a family discussion sometime this month. 

  • Contest – Take two minutes and see who in your family can write down the most parts to a car. 
  • Why does a car have so many different parts? What if it was missing some of these parts?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
  • What does this passage tell us about the church? What does it mean that the church is like a body?
  • Why is it encouraging to know that God has a specific way for you to serve and play a part in the church?
  • How do you know where God would have you serve? Parents, share examples of ways you have taken steps to serve.
  • What are some benefits or joys that come from serving as a part of God’s people?
  • What step is God calling each of you to take in the area of serving?
  • Pray for each other as a family.

Daily Reading – September 2017

Week 1
September 11 | Acts 22:1-5
September 12 | Acts 22:6-8
September 13 | Acts 22:9-11
September 14 | Acts 22:12-16
September 15 | Acts 22:17-21

Week 2
September 18 | Matthew 16:13-14
September 19 | Matthew 16:15-16
September20 | Matthew 16:17-18
September 21 | Matthew 16:19-20
September 22 | Matthew 16:21-23

Week 3
September 25 | Matthew 16:24
September 26 | Matthew 16:25
September 27 | Matthew 16:26
September 28 | Matthew 16:27
September 29 | Matthew 16:28

Week 4
October 2 | John 3:1-2
October 3 | John 3:3-4
October 4 | John 3:5-6
October 5 | John 3:7-8
October 6 | John 3:9-15


HOW TO USE SOAP

S.O.A.P. journaling is a simple and excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to you. It's also a useful tool to use at a later time when you want to reflect on and review some of the 'gems' that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and important lessons! Furthermore, while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your Life Group or spouse, so having a written record becomes very important! Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight, and even encourage others!

S. FOR SCRIPTURE

It all starts when you read the Bible, whether it is a verse or chapter. When you read the Bible, pay attention to what verse or phrase really stands out to you. Feel free to underline in your Bible as you read; this will help you identify meaningful verses or phrases. Once you identify what stands out the most, write it down.

O. FOR OBSERVATION

This part is as simple as writing down what you think the verse or phrase means. Don't worry about getting this exactly right; that is not the point. The most important part of this is beginning to interact with the Bible.

A. FOR APPLICATION

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today. 

P. FOR PRAYER

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

How to reference the Bible:  John 18:1-11 – Book=John | Chapter=18: | Verse(s)= 1 through 18

4th Wednesday – September Questions

Icebreaker
Have everyone in the group share what they would like to be when they grow up (Leaders share an example of what you wanted to be when your were young).

Questions

  1. Have a few people share with the group a time in their life when they needed help with something, but didn’t want to ask someone for help. What kept you from asking for help?
  2. What is it about us that makes it difficult to ask for help when we need it?
  3. What are some of the benefits you get to experience when you finally break down and ask for help?
  4. Read Matthew 16:24-25. What does Jesus teach us in this passage about what it looks like to be his follower and to find real life?
  5. Why does this seem backwards to us at first?
  6. What does it mean to “take up your cross and follow” Jesus? What does it mean that you must lose your life in order to find it?
  7. Why do you think full surrender is necessary to become a follower of Jesus? What does this really look like in a person’s life?
  8. Have you come to the point in your life where you surrendered all of who you are to Him? How and when did that happen for you?
  9. Giving our lives up to Jesus is not just a one-time thing. It takes a daily surrender to be His follower. In what ways can we make it a daily habit to surrender everything to Him?

Accountability

  1. What has God been teaching you this month in Pursuit or in your personal time with Him?
  2. How can this group encourage you or pray for you in the next two weeks?

2nd Wednesday – September Questions

Icebreaker
Have everyone in the group share their name, school, and favorite memory from this summer.

Questions

  1. Have you ever had a moment in your life where you gave up? What is an example of this? What was that experience like for you? Why?
  2. How do we typically view the idea of giving up? Why?
  3. Read Acts 22:3-5. What are some of the things Paul was good at or had reason to be prideful about? Do you think that Paul was the kind of guy who would easily give up on something?
  4. Read Acts 22:6-21. What happened to Paul that led him to give up on his entire direction in life to follow after Jesus? What kind of changes did this experience bring in Paul’s life?
  5. What are some areas in our lives that we are typically confident in and tend to put trust in ourselves or our abilities?
  6. When Paul surrendered his life to Jesus, it changed Him forever in some amazing ways.
  7. Why is giving up your life to Jesus actually a good thing for you? What are some of those good results when we surrender to Jesus? What are some areas in our lives that we struggle to give up to God? Why do we try to hold these things back?
  8. What are some of the ways God moves in people’s lives to bring them to the point of total surrender to Him? Is this scary sometimes? How can we keep encourage each other to remember that surrendering to Jesus is always good for us?

Accountability

  1. What is one area of your life right now that you are struggling to give up to Jesus?
  2. What step can you take in the next month to begin to let go of this part of your life and give it to Him?

Family Devotion – September 2017

Parents, share an example of a choice that seemed small or insignificant at the time, but ended up shaping your life in a significant way.

Use these questions to lead a family discussion sometime this month.

  • What is one time in your life when you gave up on something significant? What was that experience like for you? Why did you feel this way?
  • How do we typically view the idea of giving up on something?
  • Read Acts 22:3-5. What reasons did Paul have to be confident in himself and his own abilities? Do you think he seemed like the kind of guy who would easily give up on something? Why?
  • Read Acts 22:6-21. What happened to Paul that led him to give up everything in his life to follow after Jesus? Why is this such a significant change of direction in Paul’s life?
  • Read Matthew 16:24-25. What does Jesus say in these verses about what it means to follow Him? Why do you think it requires complete surrender to be a follower of Jesus?
  • What are some of the areas in our lives that we hesitate to give up to God? Why do we desire to hold back in these areas?
  • What is one area of your life that you struggle to surrender to God and His control? What step can you take in this area of your life this month?
  • Pray for one another as a family.

Daily Reading – May 2017


HOW TO USE SOAP

S.O.A.P. journaling is a simple and excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to you. It's also a useful tool to use at a later time when you want to reflect on and review some of the 'gems' that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and important lessons! Furthermore, while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your Life Group or spouse, so having a written record becomes very important! Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight, and even encourage others!

S. FOR SCRIPTURE

It all starts when you read the Bible, whether it is a verse or chapter. When you read the Bible, pay attention to what verse or phrase really stands out to you. Feel free to underline in your Bible as you read; this will help you identify meaningful verses or phrases. Once you identify what stands out the most, write it down.

O. FOR OBSERVATION

This part is as simple as writing down what you think the verse or phrase means. Don't worry about getting this exactly right; that is not the point. The most important part of this is beginning to interact with the Bible.

A. FOR APPLICATION

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today. 

P. FOR PRAYER

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

How to reference the Bible:  John 18:1-11 – Book=John | Chapter=18: | Verse(s)= 1 through 18

Family Devotion – May 2017

Parents, share an example of a choice that seemed small or insignificant at the time, but ended up shaping your life in a significant way.

Ask – Why do you think we underestimate the power of small choices in our lives?  What are some common decisions people make that seem small but have a huge impact on their life?

Read Genesis 39:4-10

  • What decision was Joseph faced with?  What made this such a difficult choice?
  • How might Joseph have gotten away with making a sinful decision in this moment?
  • In verses 8-9, what shaped his decision to choose the right path?

We face choices like these every day.  Some are more difficult than others.  What can help us in those moments to follow God and His ways, even when no one is looking?  

Spend time praying as a family for God’s help to choose His ways in every decision.

4th Wednesday – May 2017

Icebreaker

What are you looking forward to most this summer? Why?

Questions

  1. Have you ever chosen to do the right thing and it actually caused you to experience something difficult? Can someone share an example of a time when this happened for you?
  2. Sometimes people assume, if you do the right thing, it will always result in an easier, trouble-free experience. Why is this not always the case?
  3. Read Genesis 39:6-12. Joseph does the right thing over and over again even when he was being tempted to do something that was wrong. In what way did Joseph show great integrity in verses 11-12? Why would this have been so difficult for him?
  4. Joseph did what was right, even when no one was watching. What would you expect to happen next if you had never heard this story?
  5. Read Genesis 39:13-20. What did happen next for Joseph? Why do you think God allowed this to happen to him, even though he honored God?
  6. If you were Joseph, how would you respond in your heart toward God in that circumstance?
  7. At the end of Joseph’s story, he comes to realize that God was using every circumstance in His life (even being thrown into prison) to work for Joseph’s own good and for God’s glory. If Joseph had given in to temptation, he would have missed out on all that God was doing in and through him. When he realizes this, do you think he regretted doing the right thing, even though it ended up leaving him in prison?
  8. Joseph was more concerned with honoring God no matter what than he was with facing difficult circumstances. What would happen if you had this perspective on a daily basis?
  9. How do we keep this perspective in the moments we are faced with a choice to honor God or to go our own way?

Accountability

  1. Have you faced any choices like this in the past two weeks where no one was watching? How did it go?
  2. How can we as a group encourage each other in this area?

2nd Wednesday – May Questions

Icebreaker

If you could have an endless supply of one food, what would it be? Why?

Questions

  1. Sometimes, seemingly insignificant moments end up impacting our life in a huge way. Can you think of any examples where a seemingly insignificant choice impacted you?
  2. Why is it so easy to underestimate how important these little moments are in our lives?
  3. What are some small decisions people your age make every day that impact their life in a greater way than they think they will?
  4. Read Genesis 39:4-7. What has happened in Joseph’s life at this point?
  5. Why might this have been a difficult temptation for Joseph? How might he have justified a decision to do what she told him to do?
  6. Have you ever been faced with a choice to do something you know is wrong where probably no one would find out about it? Why are those moments so difficult?
  7. When we are faced with decisions like that, what are some ways we are tempted to justify a decision to do something that we know is wrong?
  8. Read Genesis 39:8-10. What was Joseph’s decision in this moment?
  9. What reasons did he give her for choosing to stand on what is right?
  10. Joseph says that, if he were to do the wrong thing, it would not only be a sin against Potiphar but it would also be a sin against God. In what way is every sin a sin against God Himself?
  11. How does knowing God sees everything and that every sin is against Him help us stand for what is right in moments where no one is watching?

Accountability

  1. In the last few months, how well have you been handling choices like these, where no one is watching?
  2. What is a step you can take in order to rely on God’s power to stand up in those moments and follow Him?

Daily Reading – April

Week 1
40 Days Devotional

Week 2
April 16 | Matthew 13:44
April 17 | Matthew 13:45-46
April 18 | Matthew 13:47-50
April 19 | Philippians 3:1-4
April 20 | Philippians 3:5-6
April 21 | Philippians 3:7
April 22 | Philippians 3:8-11

Week 3
April 23 | Psalm 73:23
April 24 | Psalm 73:24
April 25 | Psalm 73:25
April 26 | Psalm 73:26
April 27 | Psalm 73:27
April 28 | Psalm 73:28
April 29 | Ephesians 4:17-18

Week 4
April 30 | Ephesians 4:19-24
May 1 | Ephesians 4:25
May 2 | Ephesians 4:26-27
May 3 | Ephesians 4:28-30

4th Wednesday – April Questions

Icebreaker

Have each person in your group answer this question: if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

Questions

  1. All of us value something above everything else in our life. How can you tell what someone values in their life?
  2. What are some examples of things people sacrifice, work hard, and strive for?
  3. Think about everything you own. Every single thing. If you were to sell all of if, how much would it be worth? $100? $1000? $10,000? More? Can you think of a scenario that could happen in your life where you would sell it all? What would be the determining factor in this decision?
  4. Read Matthew 13:44-46. Both of the men in this story decide to sell all that they have in order to get something. What led to such a drastic action for them?
  5. How do you imagine their families and friends would have responded to their decision to sell it all?
  6. Jesus was telling this story to teach us that there is something worth giving your entire life to. What is it that Jesus is talking about?
  7. Read Philippians 3:7-11. Paul had discovered something that was greater than everything he had ever pursued in life. What was it?
  8. When Paul understood the reality of a relationship with Jesus, how did it change his life? How did it change his perspective on what is most important?
  9. Why is a relationship with Jesus so valuable? Why is His kingdom worth giving up your entire life? Why is this hard to believe sometimes?
  10. What would change in your life if you lived every moment with the perspective Paul had about how valuable it is to know Jesus?

Accountability

  • If someone were to examine your life, (what you worry about, what you spend your time, money, and effort on, etc.) what would they say you value most?
  • What is a way you can remind yourself how valuable a relationship with Jesus is this month?