Live out and share the hope that I now have.
Close my accounts with other people by forgiving them and be willing to make amends by becoming a peacemaker.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
1. What accounts do I need to close with other people by forgiving them or making amends?
2. Who got evicted from my mind tonight that was living rent-free causing me pain?
3. As much as it depends on me how will I be a peacemaker moving forward?
Allow God to make the transformation changes He wants to make and stop trying to make them on my own.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
1. What changes have you tried to make in your life in your own strength? How did that work
or how is that working for you?
2. Considering what God has done for you, how grateful are you, how dependent are you
upon Him? In what ways does your life reflect your gratitude to God?
3. Ask the Holy Spirit how He would have you offer your life, your mind, even your body, as a
living and holy sacrifice to worship Him in a way that He finds acceptable? How is that
different than what you are doing or how you are living today?
Get honest about my past so I can discover God’s best version of me.
Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
1. What people and events from my past have hurt me? How did those hurts make me feel? How did I respond and cope?
2. How has shame and guilt continued to hold me hostage to my past? What regrets do I still carry?
3. What are the root issues of my life that God has revealed to me?
4. What would getting honest with God, myself and this group look like for me?
Realize who I am in Christ and reject the lie that I am my character defects and sins.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17
Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.
1. How have I looked for acceptance, security, and significance outside of a relationship with Jesus Christ?
2. How have events, people, and society shaped and distorted my identity?
3. Who am I in Christ?
Respond to the love of God by surrendering my life and will to Jesus Christ.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
1. How have you responded to the love of God? Is anything keeping you from receiving His free gift?
2. In what ways have you recognized that you are not trusting in the finished work of Christ?