12 Jan Discussion Guide: Amazing Grace Week 1
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.
Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.
This Week’s Topic
This week we join hundreds of other Every Nation churches around the world in kicking off a new series titled Amazing Grace. We will spend the next few weeks looking at how God’s grace saves us, changes us, and carries us through even the most difficult of circumstances. “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see.” Let’s find out what we just might see in Him, ourselves, and in one another as we look at God’s amazing grace.
Have you made any new year’s resolutions? If so what are they?
Why is it so difficult to keep those commitments?
Andy Stanley, Ask It: The Question That Will Revolutionize How You Make Decisions
“Relationships are built on small, consistent deposits of time. You can’t cram for what’s most important. If you want to connect with someone, you’ve got to be available consistently, not randomly.”
What makes a relationship successful and intimate?
What is required of you to do those things that a successful relationship requires?
The Song of Solomon 2:10
“My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away with me…”
Would the requirements to have an intimate and meaningful relationship with God require anything different?
What makes it difficult to do those things that we know we ought to do to have that kind of relationship with God?
What are the potential benefits to overcoming those obstacles?
What might you need to do to push past those obstacles?
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
How does knowing that Jesus was tempted in every way you have been tempted give you the courage to keep going in that pursuit of God’s presence?
Why do you think God wants us to meet with Him on a regular basis?
How can we help one another grow in this pursuit? Let’s brainstorm some ideas.