Better Peace SGD

  1. Seeing People as People (Based on Point 1)
    • How can we recognize behaviors that indicate a heart at war, either in ourselves or in others?
    • How does our perception of others as either “people” or “objects” affect our ability to experience peace in relationships?
    • Can you think of a personal example where viewing someone as an object rather than a person caused conflict or hindered peace?
  2. The Biblical Foundation of Peace (Based on Point 2)
    • How does Jesus’ command to love God and neighbor relate to the concept of peace as discussed in the sermon?
    • In what ways can loving others as ourselves contribute to better peace in our lives and relationships?
  3. Collusion, Capitulation and Abdicating Choice:
    • Do you detect instances of Collusion, capitulation, or abdicating choice in your relationships?  Please Give Example
    • Share a time when you allowed someone else’s behavior to dictate your response in a way that didn’t lead to peace. What did you learn from that experience?
    • How can we regain the ability to choose our responses, even when faced with challenging or hurtful behavior from others?
  4. The Four Boxes of a Heart at War (Based on Point 3)
    • Which of the “four boxes” resonates with you the most, and how has it influenced your interactions with others?
    • Can you share a personal experience where you observed someone else trapped in one of these boxes, and how it impacted their relationships?
  5. The Responsibility of Peace and How to Break Free from the Boxes (Based on Points 6 and 7)
    • How does Romans 12:18 emphasize our responsibility to live in a posture of peace towards everyone?
    • Discuss practical ways to break free from the “boxes” described in the sermon, such as through prayer, positive thinking, and guided actions, as suggested in the sermon. Share specific strategies you can implement in your life to achieve better peace.

 

Small Group Bible Study Discussion 

“Better Living” based on Psalm 1

 

Discussion Question Intro 

  1. What are your personal aspirations for a better life? What does “better living” mean to you?
  2. According to the sermon, what are the key attributes of a person living a blessed life, as described in Psalm 1:3? (Being, Planted, Productive, Purpose, Preserved, Prosperous) 

    **II. The Four Attributes of the Blessed**

    1. Discuss the first attribute: “Listening to Godly Counsel.” What does it mean to walk “not in the counsel of the ungodly”? How can we distinguish godly counsel from ungodly counsel in our lives?
      1. The sermon mentioned that “more is caught than taught.” How do our actions and associations reflect the counsel we are following in our lives
    2. Consider the second attribute: “Keeping Good Company.” How does spending time with the Word of God and meditating on it affect our relationship with the Lord and our spiritual maturity?
    3. Reflect on the third attribute: “Being Conscientious About God.” What changes in attitude and disposition are necessary for someone to turn away from scornful and mocking attitudes and develop a heart that fears the Lord?
    4. Discuss the fourth attribute: “Commitment to the Word.” How can we practically delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night in our busy lives?
      1. Share any practical ways or personal experiences you’ve had in memorizing and meditating on a specific psalm or scripture.

       

      Series: Better

      Title: I’m Wrestling SGD

      1. In the introduction to the sermon, the pastor talks about the desire to be “better.” What does it mean to you personally to want to be “better” in your life, and how does this desire align with your faith?

       

      1. The sermon mentions that the goal of wrestling is to wrestle the opponent into submission, not to knock them out. How can this concept relate to the spiritual battles we face in life? Are there areas in your life where you’ve been wrestling with certain challenges or issues?

       

      1. The sermon highlights various things that people often wrestle with, such as doubt, fear, temptation, and loneliness. Which of these struggles do you find most relatable in your life, and how do they impact your journey toward becoming “better”?

       

      1. The pastor emphasizes that frustration can sometimes be a sign from God that He is calling us to change and become “better.” Have you ever experienced frustration in your life that led to positive change? If so, what was the situation, and what changes did you make?

       

      1. In the section about Jacob’s story, the pastor discusses the mix of blessing and frustration in Jacob’s life. How do you see the mix of grace and justice in your own life experiences? Can you share an example?

       

      1. The sermon talks about the importance of integrity and facing the consequences of our actions as a doorway to better peace. Are there any past actions or relationships in your life that you need to reconcile or make amends for in order to find better peace?

       

      1. Jacob wrestled with God and held on for a blessing. What do you think it means to “wrestle with God” in your faith journey? Have you ever had a moment where you felt like you were wrestling with God, and what did you learn from that experience?

       

      1. The pastor mentions that Jacob’s blessing changed his identity from a supplanter to an overcomer. How can knowing your true identity in Christ help you in your pursuit of becoming “better”?