Sunday 8/14 - Saturday 8/20
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. What's your favorite Olympic sport?
4. How did God remind you of His presence this week?
Note for Leaders: You don't have to do every question listed. Choose the best ones for your group!
- Have you ever observed a co-worker, friend or athlete who was only putting in half effort? Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. What's the difference between getting the work done and doing work that is your passion? What's the difference between just running and running to win?
- In Pastor Stephen's message, where do you think "the rubber hits the road" of life application?
- Last week, the message was based on Hebrews 12:1-3. This passage gives us three tactics for "running to win." Read it.
- Hebrews 12:1a reminds us that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. It's referring to those mentioned in Hebrews 11 - and all who have gone before us in the faith. How does thinking of them help us to run the race well?
- Hebrews 12:1b tells us to throw off everything that hinders us. Surely God throws off our sin at the cross and in the waters of Baptism. Yet, throughout our lives the struggle against sin remains a constant battle. Perhaps this is why today's passage, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, is immediately followed by numerous exhortations to flee from sin in 1 Corinthians 10. Read verse 23. We live in a culture that has been increasingly legalizing things that might not be the best for us. Does that place more of a burden on us to evaluate our actions and determine what might hinder us?
- Hebrews 12:2-3 reminds us to fix our eyes on Jesus! When you drive, it's good to keep your eyes on the road. When you fire a gun, you need to be sure of your aim. When you're at work, it's good to work with purpose. How does "fixing our eyes on jesus" cause us to "not give up." How does it cause us to have renewed energy?
- Read Philippians 3:10-21, which picks up right where we left off in Hebrews.
- Do any of Paul's words strike you as powerful?
- It's a bold move to ask people to imitate you, isn't it? Paul knows that he isn't perfect. Yet, his life reflects Jesus enough to be worthy of imitation. How is that a comfort and a challenge for us?
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.sjdenver.org
- In your prayers for the week of 8/14 - 8/20, please consider the following!
- Those in your life who don't know Jesus. Pray for them by name!
- Pray that God would entrust you with someone who needs a Christian voice in their life.
- St. John's multi-site campus plant in the Highlands.
- Pray for our Pastors, who have been pretty busy lately.
- Pray for a Gospel movement in our city.
- Shake it up! You might try a different prayer posture this week. Did you know that people in the Old Testament prayed by looking up toward Heaven and stretching their arms out? You could also hold hands as a group, etc.
- Click here for ideas on how to pray as a group.
Serve Our City
- Has your group planned an opportunity to serve our city for this semester? Click Here for a list of Service Ideas!
- Was there a glitch in today's material? Want to request a song? Do you have a suggestion? Click Here!