DISCUSSION GUIDE WEEK 2
FOLLOW UP FROM WEEK 1
With our newfound (or re-kindled) freedom in Christ, we may find it well...liberating. It is often very easy to engage in activities that we personally and often wrongfully desire and then use God’s grace/freedom as an excuse for what is really inside, the worst of intentions. We can help balance these desires when we’ve realized that this freedom is best experienced and lived out in full surrender to the Savior. Surrender is never easy but it’s the only path to freedom in God’s economy.
Have you ever had to just give up, even when you didn’t want to? Tell us about it.
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1. Read Romans 12:1-2. In light of these scriptures, how much of our lives is God wanting?
2. How does that compare to what you’ve normally understood to be considered a “good Christian?"
3. Do you think God is looking for good Christians or surrendered Christians? What is the difference?
4. Knowing that our entire lives are to be surrendered, how does that change our view of what “worship” is and what we can do in offering something in worship to God? While you’re thinking of that, have someone read I Corinthians 10:31 and see if that sheds some light on the conversation.
5. There are certain initial steps that demonstrate our obedient surrender to Christ. One of those is what we call “baptism.” When we look back to Romans 6 (where we started tonight) we see this picture of baptism demonstrating our death to ourselves and a life that is now risen with Christ. Christ himself was baptized (John 1) and also commanded His followers to baptize all those who would experience His grace and follow Him (Matthew 28:18-20). The early church followed through on this as the very first “sermon,” delivered included the commands to “repent and be baptized.”(Acts 2:38). While baptism doesn’t save, it signifies to the participant and those observing what you have experienced in Christ.
Review Romans 7:14-25. Can you relate to Paul’s struggle? In what ways? Take the time to journal your thoughts or discuss this text with someone you can trust in your life. Maybe the group leader if no one else? The goal is to be able to recognize this behavior in yourself and to list out some concrete action steps to help overcome this struggle and to find someone who can help hold you accountable to that. This is where group life around Metro can truly be life changing. We would encourage you to continue to take the relational risks to get involved with a more “long term,” group and see what God can do through His community.