Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on October 13, 2019:
- SUNDAY: Matthew 13,
- MONDAY: Luke 12,
- TUESDAY: Matthew 6,
- WEDNESDAY: Exodus 22-23,
- THURSDAY: Malachi 3,
- FRIDAY: Luke 18,
- SATURDAY: Hebrews 13,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Walking Away with Jesus Sermon Title: Finding Freedom from Toxic People
Delivered On: October 6, 2019
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Thank God for the truth and faithfulness of His word; pray for discipline to read it daily. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you fresh eyes and an open heart to receive His instruction and to gain new insight.
Infusing Truth: Identify a toxic person in your life that Jesus may be warning you about in Matthew 7:6. Pray for God to reveal someone you can invest in according to Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 2:2. Every time you are tempted to fret, worry, or engage with the toxic person of Matthew 7:6 begin to pray for, and perhaps even reach out to, the reliable person of 2 Timothy 2:2.
Small Group Discussion
Do most Christians live today with an urgent sense of mission? Why or why not? Do you? Describe your mission in one or two sentences.
Read: John 15:8. Describe the difference between defining “holiness” as a life of “sin avoidance” versus a life of faithful, productive service. Why is it important to remember that a faithful life is a fruit-producing life as much as it is a life of saying “no” to sin?
Have you ever lost lots of time, energy and focus by unprofitably interacting with a toxic person? Describe what happened. What did you eventually learn about spending time with that kind of individual?
Read: 2 Timothy 2:2. Talk about a person who invested in you and then talk about someone you’ve invested in yourself. Why is it important to have a Paul/Timothy relationship from both directions (mentee and mentor)?
Read: Matthew 8:28-9:1. Discuss why you think Jesus was willing to walk (or in this case, sail) away when asked to? Why didn’t he stay? Why didn’t he argue? What does this suggest to us about our own encounters?
How can we distinguish between difficult people and “toxic” people? What are the markers that tell us a relationship is no longer profitable or worth our time?
Read: Matthew 7:6. Why does Jesus tell His followers to be careful about who they interact with?
Do you have any “pruning” of relationships that you need to do so that you can more fully engage in productive, fruit-producing relationships?