Sunday 5/1 - Saturday 5/7
Choose how you'd like to do Warm Ups + Getting Started:
- As a large group. Best for groups of 7 or less.
- Split into men's & women's groups.
- In Trios. Break off into same-gender groups of three.
1. Share your high moment of the week.
2. Share your low moment of the week.
3. Take a coin from your pocket or purse. If you don’t have one, borrow from somebody who does (don’t forget to give it back). Read the date on the coin and share about what your life was like during that year – how old were you, where did you live, year in school, something memorable, etc.
4. How has God shown up in your life this week?
- Review Jesus’ words from the sermon passage in Matthew, particularly verse 25: “Those who want to save their lives will lose them, but those who lose their lives for me will find them.” What does it mean to you personally to “lose your life for Christ”?
- Review the text from 2 Timothy 4:6-7. Discuss how this relates to the idea of losing your life for Christ, both in Paul the Apostle’s life, and your own.
- A similar passage to the 2 Timothy text above can be found in Philippians 2:14-18. Here Paul again uses the imagery of being “poured out” (i.e., spent, emptied – the greek word in each of these passages is the same, “spendo”, and these are the only two appearances of the word in the Bible). What does this parallel passage in Philippians tell us about Paul’s perspective on devoting his life to Christ? What, if anything, did he gain?
- Let’s looks at another portion of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Turn ahead to Chapter 3 and read verses 3 – 11. Three ideas to consider here:
- What kind of life did Paul “lose” to follow Christ? Was this a life that he may have wanted to “save”?
- How does Paul describe those things that he “lost”?
- What did Paul gain by losing his life?
- Based on the above, do you have a better understanding of what Jesus means when he says “Those who want to save their lives will lose them, but those who lose their lives for me will find them."?
Optional Worship Song
- If you'd like, you can sing the following song as a group. Be sure to turn up the volume so that less confident singers feel comfortable.
- Check out our LIFEGroup playlist at songs.stjohnsdenver.org
- You had opportunity to discuss present challenges that will tempt you to be “dismayed and terrified” without God’s help. Pray about those now and invite God pour out his help.
- Click here for suggestions on how to keep your group prayer life fresh and vibrant!
Serve Our City
- Has your group planned an opportunity to serve our city for this semester? Click Here for a list of Service Ideas!
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