Valley Distractions - Sept. 9, 2023
Living in the valley has many distractions. In this passage, you will see the distractions of pride, prejudice, and possessions. All of these prevent us from following Jesus unhindered.
Have you ever struggled with pride in your faith journey? What experiences or positions have you been proud of? How can pride affect one's relationship with God?
Share examples of how you have served others selflessly. How did it make you feel?
In what ways can you welcome and serve the "least, lost, and lonely" in your community or life?
Have you ever encountered situations where you felt exclusive or prejudiced towards certain individuals or groups? How can you overcome such tendencies in order to expand God's kingdom?
Can you think of a time when you had to step out of your comfort zone to fulfill your Christian duty? How did it impact your faith and relationship with others?
How can you actively engage with people or groups you may be uncomfortable with for the sake of following Jesus?
Are there aspects of your life or relationships that you struggle to let go of in order to fully commit to following Jesus? How can you overcome these challenges?
What does it mean to prioritize Jesus above all else in your daily life?
How do you interpret the concept of "taking up your cross daily" in your faith journey? What sacrifices or commitments does it entail?
What are some practical steps you can take to demonstrate your full commitment to Jesus?
Discuss the various reasons highlighted in the sermon for following Jesus (e.g., His power over evil, sickness, death, and sin). How do these reasons impact your faith?
Can you share personal experiences where your faith in Jesus was strengthened by witnessing His power or authority?
How does participating in communion help you reaffirm your commitment to Jesus?
How can the act of communion serve as a reminder of the reasons you choose to follow Him?