Content for a Class Discussion
As a church family, get together to discuss a few of these questions, based on Ken’s passage on Sunday. Maybe you could gather your family around the dinner table to have this conversation.
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KEN 2021-10-17 – LIFE GROUP QUESTIONS for 2021-10-20
On October 17, Ken continues his fall teaching series on the Mind Matters with this message called, Changing Your Mind, from Romans 12:1-2, Colossians 1:21-22.
- The Context of this Challenge: an absolute truth.
- The Critical Nature of this Challenge: a significant moral dilemma.
- The Challenge: the renewal of your mind.
- Where do you look for practical advice on how to build or fix something?
- What were some of the strangest fads you experienced growing up?
- Does anyone have a story about peer pressure causing you to conform to the world?
- What are the patterns of the world that tempt us to conform?
- What areas of life do you feel the pressure to conform to the world’s standard?
- What role to WE play in our spiritual transformation?
- What is the Christian’s motivation for obedience? (Romans 12:1)
- What makes offering our bodies as living sacrifices an act of worship?
- What does it mean to offer your body as a living sacrifice? (As opposed to a dead sacrifice).
- When it comes to the word “sacrifice,” how are the words living, holy, and pleasing attached with equal weight as qualifiers for sacrifice?
- In the Greek tense Ken talked about, how are we no longer victims of natural or supernatural forces that shape us into a distorted pattern? (Literally the phrase is, “stop allowing yourselves to be conformed…”)
- How are we supposed to resist the temptation of allowing the world to squeeze us into its mold?
- How might a small group experience help us to live in obedience?
- When it comes to the word, transformed, the force of the verb is to “continue to let yourself be transformed” (Romans 12:2). Ken mentioned a continuous action of the Holy Spirit over a lifetime.
- How important is the sanctification process? (Can we be saved without this part? How does the lordship of Jesus move us toward spiritual growth and maturity?)
- What does sanctification mean? (Conforming to the image of Christ over a lifetime – Romans 8:29).
- What is OUR part in the sanctification process? (Perhaps staying open to the Spirit’s leadership, sacrifice, submission).
- Focus on “renewing of your mind.” How does this renewing happen? And with what result? (Romans 12:2)
- What does it take to see life from God’s perspective of reality? (Perhaps this is where the renewing of the mind comes in).
- How might you define, “renewing your mind”? (Perhaps developing a spiritual sensitivity and perception – learning to look at life based on God’s view of reality – Paul seems to emphasize the need to develop an understanding of God’s ways, which are not our ways – Isaiah 55:8).
- How might we better discern God’s will? (Maybe Christians are called to a responsible freedom of choice and action based on the inner renewing, regenerative work or the Holy Spirit).
- In what current situation do you need to know God’s will? What might you do to find it?
- In what way is Romans 12:3 a great transition verse between the topics of renewal and discovering / using your spiritual gift? (Perhaps taking a sober self-assessment of who we are and where we stand with Christ and his calling).
- What right does God have to ask us for a full-life commitment to Him?