19 Feb Discussion Guide: Unshakable Week 3
Vision for the Upcoming Weeks
Over the next few weeks we will be going on a journey together as a church community. It will be a journey where we encourage one another, challenge one another, and grow together in our leadership and pursuit of Christ as we focus in on what the Bible calls discipleship. What we are asking you to do is commit to 6 weeks of gatherings. Three large group gatherings every other week, and 3 discipleship gatherings in between. Within these smaller gatherings we will be looking at leadership qualities and character traits necessary to impact the lives of others. Over the next week we want you to partner up with 2 other people and for the next month-and-a-half commit to one another to meet together, grow together, and pursue one another in relationship. We need (1/3 of your group size) people who would like to facilitate a group of 3, and then everyone else can decide which of those facilitators you want to join. If you need help figuring out who you should connect with then ask your group leader to give you a hand. The goal is that at the end of these 6 weeks we will all have a better understanding of what Gospel Community is all about.
Take the first few minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.
This week we continue a series walking through the book of Nehemiah. The series is called Unshakeable, and we will be looking at what it takes to stand firm when life, circumstances or relationships try to shake you to the core. In a world of instability, this is how we can remain stable and be a people who are unshakeable.
What do you want your legacy to be? Why?
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
“Give me all of you!!! I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self—in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.”
Have you ever had a big, nearly impossible dream, you wanted to see become a reality?
Have you ever taken that dream to God? If so, what happened? If not, why not?
Why do you think God wants us to confess our greatest desires to Him?
Taking our desires does two things in our hearts. First, it forces us to examine our dreams and desires and ask the question, “do my desires line up with God’s desires. Do my dreams for my life agree with God’s dreams for the world?” Second, it causes us to face the reality of what accomplishing those dreams is going take and how dependent on God we are to accomplish them. It is both a self-evaluation and a self-humbling reality.
”Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Some take this to mean that if you love God then He will give you whatever you want. However, the other interpretation of this verse is to say when God is your delight, then He will give you new desires, new dreams. With that in mind let’s answer the following questions.
What kind of dream do you think God has for your life? For our church? For our nation?
What’s the difference between seeking to accomplish your dream in your own abilities, compared to seeking to accomplish your dreams the way God told you to accomplish them?
Trying to accomplish your dreams in your own ability means you are trusting in your own looks, intelligence, strength, power, financial stability, etc. Meaning you are trusting in something that is finite and fragile and constantly changing. Trusting in God to accomplish your dreams mean you are trusting in the wisdom, power and sovereignty of an unchanging and eternal King who bring things to pass by the word of His power.
Why are the King’s (God’s) words so powerful in our lives?
How can God’s words to you provide the perseverance, courage and faith to keep pursuing your dreams even when the odds are stacked against you?
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What are some obstacles you have faced in pursuing your dreams? Physical obstacles? Relational obstacles? Financial obstacles?
How does knowing Jesus had to die for you impact the dreams you pursue?
How does knowing Jesus was glad to die for you impact the dreams you pursue?
What would be a good dream for us to trust God with as a community group?
What will it take to accomplish that dream?