October 25 – October 31

Weekly Reading for October 25 – October 31

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: I Will, (Romans Orthopraxy)
Sermon Title: I Will Serve

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 1, 2020:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: I Will
Sermon Title: I Will Surrender!
Delivered On: October 25, 2020


Memorize and Reflect

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Prayer Direction

Thank God for revealing His truth in the Bible so we can know how we should live. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the power you need to offer your whole self as a living sacrifice to Him...every day! Confess an area of your life that is not surrendered to God's will ad ask for power to repent and live in a new and right way.

“Live It!” Challenge

I Surrender - Use the simple process below to take a next step of surrender to Jesus: - Prayerfully identify an area of your life that needs to be surrendered to Jesus. - Write this area down and reflect on some of the implications in your life, faith, family, health...if you continue on this path. - Identify two or three actions you can take to surrender this area to the will of Jesus. - Ask a friend or two if they will pray for you and keep you accountable to follow through on these actions. - As you surrender this area to God's will, thank Him for the power He gives and the new hope that enters your life as you live more fully for Jesus.

Small Group Discussion

  1. What is one area of your life that you find challenging to surrender fully to God's will? Tell about ways you have tried to surrender this part of your life to Jesus over the past months or years.

  2. Read: Romans 12:1-2 - How is offering all we are and have to God in full surrender an act of worship? Can you give a specific example of what this might look like?

  3. What are some of the patterns of this world that many people (even Christians) seem to be conforming to more and more? What are some possible consequences we could face if we keep conforming to these specific worldly ways?

  4. What are some of the ways we can renew our minds so that we see God’s plan and ways? What are some habits or patterns we can follow that will guard our minds against being enticed by the ways of the world?

  5. Read: Romans 12:1-2. How does worship throughout our day help us keep our minds on Jesus and off of the things of the world? What are some specific ways we can make worship a natural part of the flow of each day?

  6. What are some of the systems and enticements the enemy of our soul (the devil) has placed in the world that draws us into worldly ways of thinking and living? How can we identify these enticements and battle against them?

  7. Read: Romans 12:1-2. We are called to “test and approve what God’s will is.” Why is the teaching of God’s Word (the Bible) the best and primary way we can know what is in God’s will? Tell about ways you read, study, and learn from the Bible in a normal week. Why is it so important that followers of Jesus make the biblical engagement a central part of their life?

  8. As you look at the next month, how can you increase your biblical knowledge and go deeper into the teachings of the Bible? How can your group members pray for you and keep you accountable to go deeper into God’s Word?

  9. Read: Romans 12:1-2. We are told that following God’s ways is “good” and “pleasing.” How have you experienced God’s goodness and pleasure as you read, believe, and follow His teaching for your life?