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Discussion Guide

Week 4 // Hey, God… What’s My Purpose?

  1. “If we want to be used by God, there are two things we need to know… First be moldable.” What does that mean to you and how have you experienced that process at the hands of your Potter?
  2. “Second, we must remain in the Potter’s hand.” How do you do that? Why can it sometimes be so difficult to do? How have you learned to submit to the process of being reshaped by God?
  3. Why did God create human beings? What is the first question you should ask God when you wake up in the morning? How does that relate to your purpose?
  4. Read John 21:4-7. Why didn’t Peter recognize Jesus?
  5. Read John 15:1-8. What is it that brings God much glory? What is your role and what is God’s? What does fruit-bearing look like?
  6. What is Satan’s plan to interfere with fruit bearing? Read Galatians 2:20. How does this verse point to truth and victory?
  7. So, what is the key to the victorious life? What is the purpose of pruning? Can you share an example?
  8. How do you find your purpose? How have you experienced discovering your purpose?

Week 3 // Hey, God… How Do I Forgive?

  1. Do you have scars? What stories do your scars tell? Are your scars visible or do you keep them under cover?
  2. Was there a time in your life when you needed supernatural power from God to forgive an offense that was deep and painful? How did God empower you to do what you couldn’t do on your own? Share.
  3. Pastor Bob said, “Human forgiveness and divine forgiveness are inextricably intertwined.” Explain.
  4. What is the proof that you are forgiven? What does a stubborn, persistent refusal to forgive others provide evidence of?
  5. “Bitterness always destroys the container in which it is kept.” How have you witnessed this?
  6. “Forgiveness is simply letting go of past grudges or lingering anger against a person who has wronged you – despite feelings!” Why is this so important? What are the results of both forgiveness and unforgiveness?
  7. How do you forgive? Read the scriptures and explain each of the steps. Share personal testimonies.
    • Luke 18:27; Jeremiah 33:3. You can’t do it on your own. Ask for help!
    • Psalm 130. Give the hurt to God.
    • Genesis 50:19-21. Remember how you have been forgiven.
    • Luke 17:3-6 Keep on forgiving.
  8. What is the purpose for our scars?

Week 2 // Hey, God… Where do I find strength?

  1. What did you do to gain strength during the Pandemic?
  2. Read 1 Samuel 30:1-6. What is the issue here? Who had David been hiding from and why?
  3. How were David’s men dealing with their grief? What did David do in his distress?
  4. “If you want to find strength in the Lord, you first have to admit you need His help.” What makes that hard to do sometimes? Explain and share your personal experiences.
  5. Read 2 Corinthians 1:8-9. “Whatever you are going through, no matter how bad the circumstance is, it may be the very thing God is using to bring you back to Him.” Share a time when your faith was strengthened through a difficult time.
  6. “Don’t be afraid to pray BIG prayers.” Read Acts 9:11-12; 17-22. What happened was amazing! How do the prayer results in this passage inspire and challenge you?
  7. First, admit you need God’s help. Second, pray big prayers. Third, trust Him. The Voice translation of Psalm 130:5 is “So I wait for the Eternal—my soul awaits rescue—and I put my hope in His transforming word.”
  8. How do you wait well? What is the key to holding on and not giving up?
  9. Fourth, encourage others with the strength you’ve been given. Share a testimony of when you went through a dark time, asked God for help and He delivered. Do you remember how you felt? How has God provided you with opportunities to share your experience with others to encourage them through their dark times?
  10. Finally, rejoice! “God rests in, sits upon, dwells within the praises/worship of His people.” How can we rejoice with you in how God has increased your strength?

Week 1 // Hey, God, How Do I find Peace?

  1. On a Peace Meter with Total Anxiety being a 1 and Perfect Peace being a 10, how would you rate your level of peace this week? Can you identify any triggers this week that disturbed your peace and increased your anxiety?
  2. Read John 14:27. How would you describe Biblical peace as compared to the peace that is of the world? Give examples of both.
  3. Read Luke 8:22-25. How do you sleep in the middle of the storm? What did Jesus say in verse 22? Did the disciples believe Him? Explain your answer. Why were they having so much anxiety when Jesus was in the boat with them?
  4. “The bigger the role Jesus plays in your life…the more peace you have!” What does your life reflect about the role Jesus has in your life? What could you do to increase His role?
  5. How does Satan try to steal your peace and why? What role does the Holy Spirit play?
  6. How has prayer and God’s promises brought you peace? Share a time when you were struggling with anxiety and how God restored your peace.
  7. Read John 16:33. How have you experienced peace in the midst of trials and tribulations? What has God shown you is essential for you to maintain that peace? Give examples of times you have remained peaceful even in the midst of crises, and other times when you struggled anxiously. What made the difference?
  8. Pastor Bob concluded his sermon, “Sharks! They feel barometric pressure change during a storm, so they head for deeper water. We need to go deeper with God during the storms.” Share ideas of how you will apply this wisdom your life.

Lessons Along the Road // Week 3 // John 12:12-19

  1. Have you ever been outdoors in a crowd trying to see a nationally famous person? Who? What was the scene like?
  2. As Jesus enters into Jerusalem, a large crowd has come to welcome and cheer him. What are some of the things they do as he rides into Jerusalem? Who did they understand Jesus to be?
  3. What is the significance of waving palm branches? Is this something that had ever been done before for other kings?
  4. Read Psalm 118:25-26. What is significant about the word “Hosanna” that the crowd is shouting? What does “Hosanna” mean?
  5. If Jesus was to enter the room right now, what would you shout? Why?
  6. Read Zechariah 9:9. How important is it to you that Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem? What role does his fulfillment of prophecy have in your faith?
  7. Read John 12:25-26. What does Jesus say to those who would choose to follow him and be a part of his Kingdom?
  8. What are the promises, found in verse 26, that Jesus gives for those who choose to lose their life and follow Jesus?
  9. hat do you need to praise Jesus for today? How will you do this?

Lessons Along the Road // Week 2 // Luke 22:54-62

  1. What distracts you from keeping your focus on Jesus? What helps you stay focused?
  2. Pastor Bob explained, “Satan must ask permission…all things pass through the fingers of God…Satan wants permission to ‘separate them’ from or ‘scatter’ them from both Jesus and each other…. Jesus gives the devil permission and then He too focuses on Peter…Peter, you’ll get tripped up…but then use this to encourage others.” Explain this further. How was Peter distracted and what was the result? How did he use his experience to encourage others? Have you ever experienced anything similar in your life? Share.
  3. What do you remember most about Peter? How does his faith walk encourage yours? How would you like to be remembered for your failures?
  4. “Brokenness is the key to usefulness. How do you know when God is working in a man’s heart? He breaks it!” (Quoted from the sermon) Have you experienced this or witnessed it in someone else’s life? Share.
  5. Read Luke 22:54. What is the first reason Peter failed and why was that? How do you error in a similar way and why?
  6. “Decide in advance what you believe…so when temptation comes you already have your answer.” Can you share an example of a time when this was an effective deterrent for you? How about a time when you were caught off guard?
  7. What are indications that Peter is operating in the flesh rather than in the Spirit? How can we choose to walk in the Spirit more consistently?
  8. Read about Peter’s denial statements in Mark 14:68; Luke 22:58; Matthew 126:73; John 18:26; and Luke 22:61a. How do we deny Jesus, perhaps in more subtle ways? Was it inevitable for Peter to fulfill Jesus’ words of warning, “I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me” (John 13:38b)? What can we learn from his example so that we will not repeat it?
  9. How did Jesus respond to Peter’s betrayal of Him? What did He communicate through His look (Luke 22:61a)? How can we follow Jesus’ example when we feel betrayed?

Lessons Along the Road // Week 1 // Luke 19:9-10

  1. Pastor Bob said in his sermon, “Do you realize where Jesus is going? Home! But to get home Jesus has to endure pain, suffering, rejection, and death…because this was the only way to His Father. When Jesus set His face to go to Jerusalem, He set His face to die. My friends…We had better pay attention to the journey of Jesus… because it is our journey, too!” What does this mean to you? How have you experienced it?
  2. Read Luke 18:18-30 and then Luke 19:1-10. How were these two men similar and how were they different?
  3. Did salvation come to Zacchaeus after he got his life turned around? What caused the change in his life?
  4. What does Luke 19:7 reveal about the people who were watching? How do we sometimes respond in a similar way to God’s grace on display?
  5. Luke 15 includes 3 parables that describe the searching, seeking, saving God. Read verses 1 and 2 and explain the attitudes of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law to Jesus. What caused them to respond to Him this way and what was He trying to teach them through these parables?
  6. On your personal journey this week, did you encounter any lost sinners? Did you respond to them like Jesus responded to the sinners He encountered on His journey? Or did you respond to them like the Pharisees and teachers of the law responded? Or was your response different from all of theirs? How was it and why? Share any “sinner encounter” stories you experienced from this past week.
  7. What did Pastor Bob say brings joy to Heaven? He concluded his sermon with these words, “Jesus, on the way to the cross is all about seeking and saving the lost from His Father’s wrath. He’s been doing it from the very beginning…in the garden…for God said to the man…where are you?” So, what’s the lesson from the road to the cross?
  8. How can you prepare yourself to make better use of the opportunities God gives you this week to “bring joy to heaven”? What changes do you need to make? How can we pray for you to be more sensitive and effective? What might that look like in your life?

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