Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 19, 2017:
- SUNDAY: Romans 12,
- MONDAY: 1 Corinthians 12,
- TUESDAY: Matthew 28, Acts 1,
- WEDNESDAY: 2 Corinthians 3,
- THURSDAY: 2 Corinthians 5,
- FRIDAY: Revelation 21,
- SATURDAY: Revelation 22,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For Sermon Title: Looking for Truth
Delivered On: November 12, 2017
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. ([bible]John 16:13a[/bible])
Ask God to soften your heart so that you will be ready to receive truth. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas where you have been resistant to receiving truth. Pray for the spiritual power to allow truth to transform your way of thinking, acting and feeling. Spend some time giving thanks to the Lord for coming into this world so that we could have truth that transforms.
Truth that Lives God wants you to let truth live and breath in your own life. Pray and ask the Lord to reveal one area in your life that you believe needs to be more deeply conformed to Jesus. As you meditate on this week’s readings, what do you see in Jesus that you want more of in yourself? Reflect on one particular quality. Ask the Lord to work this into your own life. When you have identified this area of transformation, share it with one other person and ask them to hold you accountable to growth.
Small Group Discussion
When you think about your life and the people that surround you (at work, school, social circles), would you characterize people as hungry for truth? Explain your response.
Again, thinking about your relational network, how confident do people seem in the idea that truth can be known?
Do people seem to be afraid of making truth statements that are applicable to everyone? Do people seem hesitant to say certain ideas are false? Explain your response. Can you give any examples?
In your experience, to what extent do people confuse humility and graciousness with being fearful of making absolute truth statements? Why do you think this happens?
In John 14:6, Jesus says that he is the “Way, the truth and the life.” How would this text help you respond to someone who says, “All religions are basically saying the same thing. They’re all leading to salvation”?
List the seven “I am” statements that Jesus makes in your readings this week.
Choose three of the "I am" statements and answer the following:
What does this metaphor tell us about Jesus?
How does this statement about Jesus reveal our need for him?
How does this statement bring conviction to our hearts?
How does this statement bring comfort into our lives?
How does this statement cause me to long for Jesus to work within my life and bring transformation?