Sermon Discussion Guide 1.31

During the lifegroup semester, we will be posting sermon discussion guides that can be used in either a group setting or for further personal study and reflection.

Sermon Discussion Guide:
DATE MESSAGE PREACHED: Sunday, January 31, 2021
SERIES TITLE: Sundays in January
REVIEWING THE MESSAGE: To view the message, go to https://kingsway.church/media
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: Exodus 27:20-21, Hebrews 7:15-25, 1 Peter 2:9

Icebreaker:
Where did you live when you were a child?  How does being from that place shape your life now?

Discussion Questions:
  • In what ways is it our responsibility to experience the reality of the salvation and redemption that we have freely received by grace through faith in Christ (See Matthew 7:24-27, Philippians 2:12-13)?
  • In what ways can rituals be useful in our spiritual life to serve as reminders of God’s faithfulness and mercy and to direct our attention back towards him?
  • What would be an indication that a ritual has become a hindrance or counterproductive to our spiritual life, retaining its form but losing its power to direct our hearts toward God?
  • What things from the past do you need to part with to purify your life and experience God’s presence in a less obstructed way?
  • Slowly read through Ephesians 4:17-5:20 and/or Colossians 3:1-17 and allow the Holy Spirit to use it as a filter to strain out anything impure in our hearts and lives. Be as practical as you can in this process of letting Scripture expose ways that “Egypt is still in you.” For example, as you reflect on this Scripture and hold it up to your life, consider the following:
    • Does using Instagram incite coveting someone’s home, car, lifestyle, or even their spiritual life, marriage, family, or popularity?
    • Is everything you are posting on Facebook truthful and kind? Could it pass scrutiny through reputable, independent fact checkers or confirmed by other reliable sources, or are you allowing yourself to be deceived and in turn deceiving others? 
    • Is anything you are viewing on YouTube or Netflix moving you towards lust and sexual immorality? 
    • Is the time you are spending on Twitter filling you with anger and rage that disturbs the peace of Christ in you without offering a constructive outlet to address concerns in the real world that surrounds you? 
    • Is the time you are spending on TikTok or on news sites contributing to a distracted mind and a thin system of beliefs?
    • Are the conversations you have with friends, family, and coworkers or classmates filled with gossip and complaining or with gratitude and encouragement?
  • What new rhythms and practices could you experiment with and begin to incorporate that would serve in grounding and establishing you in your new life in Christ and remind you of God’s presence with you?
  • In ways appropriate to the trust you have established within your lifegroup, practice the admonition of James 5:17 to “confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.”

Renewing Your Mind:
  • Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” - Proverbs 4:23-27 (NIV)

discussion guide prepared by Steve Lamp
Steve and his wife Melissa began attending Kingsway in 2014. Not normally prone to public displays of emotion, he wept during the first worship service and knew he had found home. As an avid reader, Steve believes the ideas we allow into our minds are critical to our spiritual formation. He enjoys exploring nature, playing and spending time with his two young sons and over-quoting his favorite authors, C.S. Lewis and Dallas Willard.

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