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Unit 2 - Group Study Guide

Hope Community Church


A New Way of Life (Walking in the Spirit)

Icebreaker

  • What compliment do people give you the most?

  • What do you depend on to make you feel secure?


We learned in the last unit that we are new creations in Christ, yet many of us struggle to see a difference between our new life and the old one.

  • Have you experienced this?  Share.

Jesus said in John 10:10, that He came to bring “abundant life.”

  • How would you describe an abundant life?

  • Why do you think that we struggle to experience this “abundance” in our lives? What gets in the way?

 

Read Romans 7:14-19, 24

“For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.  For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.  So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing...Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”

  • Have you ever felt the way Paul describes himself in this passage?  How did this affect your relationship with God? With others?

  • What is one area of your life you wish you had the power to change?


Read John 15:1, 4-5

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper...Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.”

  • Why do you think Jesus gives us this illustration?  What does it teach us about how to begin living according to the Spirit?

  • What good can we do apart from remaining in Christ?  Is this freeing or frustrating to you?  Why?

 

Remaining in Christ requires closeness and dependence to sustain life.  Just as a branch will wither if it is no longer close to the vine or receiving nutrients from it, our lives will wither without a close and life-giving relationship with Christ.

  • What activities help you feel more connected to God? What happens when you miss it for awhile?

  • What are ways you can cultivate a posture of closeness and dependence on God?


  • What are some signs that you are trying to sit on the throne of your own life?  (This can change based on the season of life you are in or on certain areas.  For example, I may follow God’s leading regarding serving, but struggle to give him lordship over my finances.)

  • Where are areas of your life where God is seated firmly on the throne?  What areas have been hard for you to “give up your seat?”

In those areas, we need to be willing to do the following to give Jesus His rightful place in our lives. Walk through the steps below in any area of your life you need to experience God’s power in to see life change.

  • Confess.  1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us for our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

  • Take off any old attitudes or thoughts.  2 Corinthians 10:5

  • Put on God’s truth.  Memorize scripture that applies to this area of your life and pray it regularly.

  • Pray.  1 Peter 5:7 reminds us to “cast our cares upon Him, because He cares for you.”  

  • Remember that this is a process. We aren’t perfect.  We are forgiven, reconciled to God through Christ.

Action Steps:  

  • Share with the group which Action Step you are committing to put into practice this week.

  • If you have children, share what you are learning with them and help them find the action step that is most appropriate for them.

  • As a group, hold one another accountable to putting these into practice and commit to following up with each other during the week.  Partner up with someone of the same gender in the group.  Leaders, we encourage you to  give  five minutes each week at the end for the partners to review with each other, encourage, and pray together!

Take time in group to share any action steps you chose from your individual study or choose one below. Partner up to review how it’s going with previously chosen ones. (Do not feel the need to do a new action step each week! You can always come back at a later time to choose a new step to work on.)

 

Action Steps - Choose one of the areas below and then either a “crawl,” “walk,” or “run” step.  The crawl steps are beginning steps, the walk steps intermediate, and the run steps more advanced.

Surrendering Control to God

CRAWL

Take an inventory of your life and note everything you have not surrendered to God. Share your results with a friend. How can you work on these things to surrender them to God?

WALK

Set up a plan for giving up one thing you have held back from God. You may need to ask a friend or spouse to hold you accountable to do this.

RUN

Regularly fast from the things you have trouble surrendering to God. See the Suggestions” on fasting at this link.

Confessing anything in my character that does not look like Christ

CRAWL

Ask God to show you things you need to confess to Him.  Confess each to God, then read and believe the promise of 1 John 1:9.

WALK

Evaluate your character based on the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.

RUN

Find a spiritual partner and establish a relationship of accountability.

Praising God and trusting Him during difficult times and seeing them as growth opportunities.

CRAWL

During a crisis thank God for all he has done for you and how he will help you grow through this trial.  Read Philippians 4:6-7 and apply it.  Share what you are learning with a friend or mentor.

WALK

Journal about your circumstances to see how God is working in and through them. Reflect on Romans 8:28.  Spend some time reminding yourself of his work by re-reading what you have written.

RUN

Minister to others through the pain you  have experienced by joining ministries at church that specifically  focus on meeting the needs of those who are struggling where you have struggled. (2 Corinthians 1:4)

Parent Action Steps - Choose one or more of  the Action Steps below based on the ages of your children.

PRESCHOOL

Ask your preschooler:

  1. What was the best thing you did this week?

  2. Did anything sad happen this week?

  3. Pray together about what you discuss.

ELEMENTARY

Encourage your child to start writing their prayers to God in a journal (Younger kids can draw pictures).
They can write about what they are excited about and what is worrying them. This is a great tool for them to look back on and see how God is working in their life and how He answers prayer.

STUDENTS

1. Challenge your student to GROW in their relationship with Jesus by writing down the following (in private):

  • What is causing them stress that they need to ask God to take control of right now?

 
  • Is there something in their life that does not look like Jesus? (Attitude, words they are choosing, how they are treating someone, something they are watching/reading, etc.)

 

2. Encourage them to share what they wrote down with someone who will hold them accountable (You, a Small Group Leader, a friend, etc.)