Family Devotion – February 2018

  • What is the most unique thing about you?
  • When you think of the differences between men and women, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
  • Read Genesis 1:27. What does that verse reveal about how God sees both men and women? What does it mean to be made in God’s image?
  • Read Genesis 2:18-25. What does this passage reveal about God’s purpose for distinguishing the difference between men and women?

Pray together as a family.

Daily Reading – February 2018

Memory Verse
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” - Genesis 1:27

Week 1
February 12 | Genesis 1:26-27
February 13 | Genesis 1:28-29
February 14 | Genesis 1:30-31
February 15 | Genesis 2:4-5
February 16 | Genesis 2:6-7

Week 2
February 19 | Genesis 2:8-9
February 20 | Genesis 2:10-11
February 21 | Genesis 2:12-13
February 22 | Genesis 2:14-15
February 23 | Genesis 2:16-17

Week 3
February 26 | Genesis 2:18-19
February 27 | Genesis 2:20-21
February 28 | Genesis 2:22-23
March 1 | Genesis 2:24-25
March 2 | Genesis 3:15-16

Week 4
March 3 | Genesis 3:17-19
March 4 | Ephesians 5:22-24
March 5 | Ephesians 5:25-27
March 6 | Ephesians 5:28-30
March 7 | Ephesians 5:31-33


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 – February Questions

Questions

  1. What do you believe a relationship is?

  2. What is the best way to start a relationship?

  3. Do you believe talking about relationships, especially in church, is important? Why or why not?

  4. Read Genesis 2:24-25. This is the Bible’s definition of marriage and relationships. Would you say that the Bible’s goals for relationships are different or the same as the rest of the world? Why or why not?

  5. How can you be the right kind of person for a relationship? Read Galatians 5:22-23. Which of these do you find the easiest to do and which do you find the hardest? Why?

Accountability

  1. Do you ever find yourself desiring a relationship with another person more than you desire God?
  2. What kind of relationship do you believe God desires you to have?
  3. How have your past relationships compared to what God wants out of your relationships?

2nd Wednesday – February Questions

Questions

  1. What are the first words that come to mind when you think of who God is?

  2. What are the first words that come to mind when you think of what humans are?

  3. Read Genesis 1:27. What do you think it means to be created in the image of God? How

    can men and women both be created in the image of God if they are different?

  4. Read Genesis 2:18-23. The author here is showing us that even though man was made first, he was incomplete. Why do you think it was important to God to make sure that man was not alone?

  5. Everything seemed to be just fine until Adam and Eve committed the first sin. How did it ruin their relationship with God? How did it ruin their relationship with each other?

Accountability

  1. When you think of the differences between men and women, what are the first things that come to mind?

  2. What do you find most difficult or scary about being a (man or woman)?

Family Devotion – January 2018

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.

  • Is there anything about who you are or what you do that scares you?
  • How do you feel God thinks about you?
  • Read Romans 5:6-11. What does this show you about God’s love for you?
  • How does that truth change how you think about God going forward?

Pray together as a family.

4th Wednesday – January Questions

Questions

  1. What do you consider to be the biggest challenge of following Jesus?

  2. What do you consider to be the easiest and most rewarding thing about following Jesus

  3. Read Romans 8:18-25. What do you find yourself hoping for and looking forward to when you think of Jesus, heaven and eternity?

  4. Read Romans 8:26-27. What does the Holy Spirit interceding on your behalf show you about God’s character and love for you?

  5. Read Romans 8:28-39. We were once enemies of God but He has brought us back to Him through Jesus. Now that we are with Him, nothing can separate us from Him. What do you believe is the greatest thing that you can give to God in response to His love? Why?

Accountability

  • How have you fared in the sin struggle we discussed in week two? How can we pray for you?

  • What do you find to be the biggest obstacle in your walk with Jesus? How can we help?

2nd Wednesday – January Questions

Questions

  1. What is the most radical thing you would do for the person you love the most?

  2. How would you hope that person would respond? How do you think that person would respond?

  3. Read Romans 6:5-7. When looking at your own life, do you believe that you have truly been set free from sin? Why or why not?

  4. Read Romans 6:12-14. Paul says that sin tries to get you to obey its passions but that we must turn to God as “instruments for righteousness.” What are some action steps that you can take to “present yourself to God” and turn away from sin?

Accountability

  • Read Romans 7:14-20. What kind of sin do you find yourself doing over and over again even if you know you don’t want to do it?

  • Read Romans 7:21-25. How can we best help you make war with your sin? How can you guard yourself?

Daily Reading – January 2018

Memory Verse
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Week 1
January 15 | Romans 5:6-8
January 16 | Romans 5:9-11
January 17 | Romans 6:1-2
January 18 | Romans 6:3-4
January 19 | Romans 6:5-6

Week 2
January 22 | Romans 6:7-11
January 23 | Romans 6:12-14
January 24 | Romans 8:1-2
January 25 | Romans 8:3-4
January 26 | Romans 8:5-6

 

Week 3
January 29 | Romans 8:7-8
January 30 | Romans 8:9-10
January 31 | Romans 8:18-21
February 1 | Romans 8:22-25
February 2 | Romans 8:26-27

Week 4
February 5 | Romans 8:28-30
February 6 | Romans 8:31-33
February 7 | Romans 8:34-36
February 8 | Romans 8:37
February 9 | Romans 8:38-39


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 – 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 – December 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?