Big Jesus Part 4 Christ is the Goal SGD

Discussion Question #1

  1. Have you ever went after the wrong goal?
  2. What do you feel is the greatest benefit from being a Christian?
  3. Having Christ is the Goal of Christianity. Knowing this in theory is one thing, but does this show up in your everyday living? 

Discussion Question #2

  1. Have you had times when you doubted the Character of God, how did you overcome your doubt

Discussion Question #3

  1. How do you process anger? Do you hold it or do you let it go? If anger is a struggle, what are some practical ways to overcome your struggle? Read James 1:19, what helps does this verse offer?

Discussion Question #4

  1. Are you aware of the pride in your life and how it is manifested? Will you identify and write down a few of those areas? How can you guard against being prideful in those areas?
  2. What are some of the ways pride can impact your relationships with others? With God?
  3. Define humility in your own words:

Discussion Question #5

  1. What are some practical and biblical ways to work through offense
  2. Have you had success

Big Jesus Part 3

Rejoicing in Our Suffering Small Group Discussion

Discussion Question #1

  1. How do you respond to suffering?
  2. How do you process suffering when there are no answers?
  3. On a scale from 1-10 how comfortable are you (1 being totally uncomfortable, 10 being comfortable) with trusting Jesus to eventually give you answers even if it will not happen until we get to glory.

 Discussion Question #2

  1. In what ways can you or have you responded like Jesus in the midst of suffering?

Discussion Question #3

  1. Take time to in your group to come up with one person you can help who is in the midst of suffering.
    1. Perhaps you are suffering right now and you know someone is going through a similar situation,
    2. perhaps someone is suffering with a situation that you have all ready gone through.
  2. Share this person with your group and pray in your group for God’s grace to be a help to the person you have selected.

Discussion Question #4

  1. What have you learned about Jesus in your times of suffering?

Big Jesus

Reasons to Endure SGD

Discussion Question #1

  1. Pastor Jason listed out four Dispositions that and make us susceptible to discouragement fear fatigue frustration and feeling like a failure
  2. Of these four dispositions which one do you experience the most?
  3. Where do you rate yourself On a scale of 1-10, 1 being totally discouraged and 10 being Totally encouraged

 

Reasons to endure

 

Discussion Question #2

 

Redemption

  1. Meditating on redemption gives us the ability to overcome feeling like a failure Because redemption speaks to our value in God’s eyes.
  2. How do you feel God Sees you?
  3. Does knowing that God values you encourage you to endure?

 

Discussion Question #3

Jesus is trustworthy

  1. Pastor Jason answered to question on did God create evil! Yet even with this explanation, there are aspects of How God uses evil for His Glory that we will never understand. 
  2. God requires us to trust Him, which does not require full disclosure, how comfortable are you with trusting God while not understanding all aspects of a situation?
  3. How can trusting in Jesus help you to endure?

 

Discussion Question #4

Point #3 Jesus has Reconciled Us.

  1. Have you ever been reconciled with a person?
    1. What do you appreciate about reconciliation
    2. How has that reconciliation benefited your life
  2. How has being reconciled with Christ Benefited your life?
  3. How does your relationship with Jesus help you to endure

A Valuable Testimony

From the Series: Big Jesus

How Important is your testimony / reputation to you?

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Discussion Question #1

Colossians 1:5 which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.

  1. Protect Your Perspective
    1. Are you more Pessimistic or Optimistic?
    2. What do you feel contributes to your pessimism or optimism?
  2. What’s inspiring you to believe that better is coming in your future?

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Discussion Question #2

Colossians 1:6 (NIV84)

6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is BEARING FRUIT AND GROWING, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.

 

  1. Protect Your Heart
    1. Rich Villodas in the book “The Deeply Formed Life” has a teaching that is summarized by saying, There is revelation in your responses.
      1. For Example: How do you respond emotionally when you hear the name of a person that did you wrong? Your response reveals where your heart is.
      2. This teaching is applicable to many situations.
  • When you have a negative emotional response to people that you had conflict with, what do you do with that emotion?
    1. Ignore it?
    2. Dwell on it?
    3. Pray about it?
    4. Other?
  1. Pastor Jason taught that it is from an honest heart that we are able to bear fruit. A person with an honest heart is aware of their flaws.
    1. How honest are you about your flaws?
    2. Are you willing to face your flaws?

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Discussion Question #3

Colossians 1:7–8 (NIV84)

7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of YOUR LOVE IN THE SPIRIT.

 

  1. Protect Your Posture
  2. In and of ourselves sometimes it can be difficult to love people.
    1. When do you find it most difficult to love people?
      1. Betrayal, Deceit, abandonment, unsupportive, etc.
    2. Discuss ways in which you have overcome the temptation to be unloving.
    3. What are some practical ways that you can ensure that you are loving people through the Spirit?