November 5 – 11

Weekly Reading for November 5 – 11

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Increase Your MPG's
Sermon Title: The Heart of God. He Delights in Our Growth.

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 12, 2023:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Explore God
Sermon Title: How Can I Know God Personally?
Delivered On: November 5, 2023


Memorize and Reflect

Jeremiah 31:33
“’This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Prayer Direction

Ask God to help you see that He did not set up a scale, but He died on a cross! Pray that you will walk more and more closely with Jesus and realize just how much He wants to be in a living and growing relationship with you. Invite the Holy Spirit to move and speak to people who are far from Jesus and draw them to the heart of God.

“Live It!” Challenge

Think Cross and Not Scale – Examine your heart and ask yourself if you think that Jesus is placing your sins on a scale and asking you to balance out your wrongs with good actions, or if you know that He died on a cross to do away with your sins.

Small Group Discussion

  1. If you are in a personal relationship with Jesus, share how you arrived there. What influenced your decision to love and follow Jesus?

  2. If you are not in a real and growing relationship with Jesus, what is standing in the way?

  3. Why is it such a temptation to feel like God uses scales to measure and determine if we are doing enough for Him or if we measure up to what He has done for us?

  4. Read: Jeremiah 31:33-34. What picture does this passage paint of God’s heart for His people and the kind of relationship he wants to have with us?

  5. If we feel the pressure to be perfect in God’s sight, how will this impact our relationship with Him?

  6. If we think God is keeping track of our sins and that he places our sins on one side of a heavenly scale and our good action on the other side, how might this discourage us and grow unhealthy beliefs about how God sees us?

  7. Read: Romans 3:23-24, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:30, and Romans 10:9-10. What do these passages teach us about ourselves and God?

  8. Why is it essential that we place our trust in Jesus alone and never on our own good works?

  9. What is one next step of growth that will help you walk closer with Jesus and how can you take this step? How can your group members pray for you as you take this step and cheer you on as your relationship with God grows stronger?