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September 13, 2015

Topic: Spiritual Growth Passage: John 10:1–10:4, Luke 9:23, John 21:15–21:19

Disciple-Making Church - Summer 2015 Series
September 13, 2015 - Following Jesus, John 10:1-4; Luke 9:23; John 21:15-19
Introduction: Bullseye! Josh hit the bullseye - on the third try (Because I asked him to miss on the first two tries.) If anyone in the group has tried archery, describe your experience. Can you relate it to a business missing the bullseye? How about church?

Read Matthew 28:18-20,
Read Matthew 4:19. What three characteristics of a disciple can be extrapolated (new word? “inferred”) from this text?

What struck you from Mike’s life story?

A. Knowing His Voice, Read John 10:1-4 (or more if you wish)

  1. Do you ever “hear voices”? Describe
  2. How do you discern between “bad voices”, “good voices” and “God’s voice”?
  3. Do you agree with the phrases: “Guilt with Grace” and “Conviction with Compassion”? What do you agree with, or disagree with?
  4. Can you describe a time when you assumed something was God’s voice but in reality it was the devil’s voice?
  5. What can you do in your environment, or within your mind to reduce the world’s decibels and thereby better hear God’s voice?

B. Denying Yourself, Read Luke 9:23

  1. The world says a lot about “self”. What are some of the phrases about self that come to mind?
  2. Describe a time when you said “Yes” to someone when you really wanted to say “No.”
  3. Why is it so hard to draw boundaries in relationships?
  4. Respond to the statement: “It is easy to say ‘Yes’ to God; the hard part is that often to say ‘Yes’ to God we must say ‘No’ to ourselves.”
  5. What might God be calling you to say “No” to in your life right now?

C. Surrendering to His Love, Read John 21:15-19

  1. Describe a time when you ‘gave up’ with another in a struggle. (Kids, spouse, parents, etc.)
  2. How is ‘giving up’ to God different from that?
  3. Jesus was asking Peter to ‘give up’ to Peter’s own future crucifixion. How is that surrender to ‘love’?
  4. Do you have an example of “surrendering” to God’s love?

Conclusion: What’s the Holy Spirit urging you to “take away” from this study?