Life Group Guide (04.08.18)
Life Group Guide
For the week of 8-14
Sermon Series: Strong
Sermon: Courage Over Fear
Impact Team Focus: Kids
Main Thought for the Week:
Like the Israelites in Joshua, we must be strong and courageous as we are called to bring the kingdom of God to a culture that is contrary to it.
As we approach the culture, there are three problematic responses:
Convert the culture - This is trying to make the culture align with Christian values. The problem here is that this response can lead to frustration, bitterness, and culture war. It is not possible to legislate people into the kingdom of God, and He works by changing hearts, not politics.
Condemn the culture -This is trying to remove oneself from the culture. The problem here is that while we are called to holiness, we are also called to be the salt of the earth. Salt affects the taste of everything it touches, and we can’t impact our culture if we are separated from it. Closing out the culture does not close out sin.
Consume the culture This model sees Christianity as being fundamentally compatible with the culture. The problem here is that historically the church has sacrificed Christian teachings whenever they are at odds with the culture. With good intentions, we can put too great a focus on relevance, and not enough on the gospel.
All of the above are rooted in fear. Instead of these, we need a renewed posture of God-given courage, which will free us to live the mission we are called to live!
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
- What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
- What do you think of when you picture a courageous person?
- How have you observed any of the above approaches (converting, condemning, or consuming the culture) play out? Do you lean towards one of these?
- In what area of your life do you need more courage, and how will this make a practical impact?
Pray for individual requests in the group, pray for people being reached out to by group members by name, and pray for the growth and health of Grace City.