April 23 – 29

Weekly Reading for April 23 – 29

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: 7 Deadly Sins
Sermon Title: The Cost of Vengeance

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on April 30, 2023:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: 7 Deadly Sins
Sermon Title: The Lure of Lust
Delivered On: April 23, 2023


Memorize and Reflect

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Prayer Direction

Ask the Holy Spirit to give you eyes to see where lust has found a place in your heart and life. Confess the lust that is in you and the results and actions that have grown from that lust. Pray for God to show you what holiness looks like in your heart and mind and ask for strength to grow in purity.

“Live It!” Challenge

Clean House – Identify some of the sources of lust-producing thoughts in your life. Then, clean house. This could mean that you stop going certain places, stop watching certain shows, delete specific apps, stop hanging out with people who are a negative influence. Prayerfully seek the Lord about what you need to do to clean house and stop putting unhealthy things in your heart and mind.

Small Group Discussion

  1. What was one of your favorite board games as you were growing up? Why did you enjoy this game?

  2. What are some of the things that are easily accessible and readily available in our world that can stoke the fires of lust in people’s hearts and minds?

  3. Read: Matthew 5:27-30. What does Jesus have to say about lust and why does he think it is such a big deal?

  4. What does Jesus say about how we should deal with lust? What is our Savior calling us to do as He speaks the strong and bold words?

  5. Read: Proverbs 7:6-21. In this passage of the Bible, God gives us a picture of temptation toward sexual sin. What are the ways the enemy of our souls seems to entice God’s people to move away from purity and toward sinful thoughts and actions in the area of our sexuality?

  6. How does our world seem to view lust and the things that fan the flames of sensual thoughts in the minds of children, youth, and adults?

  7. Read: Proverbs 7:21-27. What are some of the consequences if we follow the temptations this world offers to engage in sexual sin?

  8. What are some of the tactics you see the enemy using to entice children, youth, and adults to embrace lustful thoughts as normal and sexual sin as something fun (a game) and not something that is actually deadly?

  9. What are ways you can clean house and remove some of the temptations to lust that we face in this world?