- Everyone is searching for something to free them and fulfill them. How have you seen this happening in the lives of people your age?
- How have you seen this play out in your own life? If comfortable, share a personal story. What are some of the things you search for satisfaction in that leave you feeling discontent?
- 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?
- 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?
- “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?
- Read Colossians 1:22. Jesus Christ alone can free you because He alone can fulfill you. What are some practical ways in which this group can help each other find fulfillment in Jesus.
- Spend some time saying last week’s memory verse (Romans 8:1) out loud as a group? Does anyone have this week’s (Colossians 1:21-22) memorized yet?
- 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?
- What has God been teaching you so far during 40 Days