Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on May 17, 2020
Passage: Philippians 4:9
This Sunday, Mike continued our series on Soul Care by looking at the power of our obedience. Nothing disturbs our soul’s peace more than disobedience to God. Mike explained what the life of an obedient follower looks like.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Were you an obedient child? What was the worst trouble you got into with your parents growing up?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message, Mike said obedient followers of Jesus never stop learning. How should you approach “learning” according to the following verses?
Proverbs 26:11-12 (NLT2)
11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. 12 There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise.
Proverbs 18:15 (ESV)
15 An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
James 1:22 (ESV)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
What lessons can you learn from these verses about the kind of attitude God wants us to have towards learning?
What important lesson have you learned the hard way?
2. As Mike said in the message, obedient followers of Jesus also are willing to change. According to the following verses, why is a willing heart so important to the Christ follower?
Joel 2:13 (NLT2)
13 Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.
Ephesians 4:21-23 (NLT2)
21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
Hebrews 3:15 (NLT2)
15 Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.”
Why is change so hard for us?
What is something that you’ve been able to change in your life for the better since you became a follower of Jesus?
3. In the last point of the message, Mike showed us the importance of doing life around other more mature believers. Why is this important according to the following passages?
Titus 2:1-8 (CEV)
1 Titus, you must teach only what is correct. 2 Tell the older men to have self-control and to be serious and sensible. Their faith, love, and patience must never fail. 3 Tell the older women to behave as those who love the Lord should. They must not gossip about others or be slaves of wine. They must teach what is proper, 4 so the younger women will be loving wives and mothers. 5 Each of the younger women must be sensible and kind, as well as a good homemaker, who puts her own husband first. Then no one can say insulting things about God’s message. 6 Tell the young men to have self-control in everything. 7 Always set a good example for others. Be sincere and serious when you teach. 8 Use clean language that no one can criticize. Do this, and your enemies will be too ashamed to say anything against you.
2 Timothy 2:2 (NLT2)
2 You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.
Can you think of a mature Christ follower who has helped you grow the most by watching their example?
What can new Christ-followers learn from the example you are setting?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?