Alive, Anchored, & Anchored 

Philippians 1:21; 

September 25th-October 1st, 2016

 

Warm Up: Could anyone have said it more beautifully and simply than these 6 words? “FOR ME…TO LIVE…IS CHRIST…” - Philippians 1:21a. This weekend, the pastor’s unveiled an intentional pathway designed to help people come Alive to God’s love, be Anchored in truth, and Activated for a life of purpose. Which step along The Pathway do you naturally get excited about? Why? 

  • The first step through the “gate” of salvation is also the first step onto a pathway of following Jesus for a lifetime. By grace God takes us as we are, but by the same grace He never leaves us as we are! He is moving each of us toward a destination and transforming our lives in the process (2 Cor. 3:18)
  • Do you think people regularly live with the reality that God is actively changing them from day-to-day (or that he desires to)? Why or why not? 
  • For transformation to take place in our lives it requires that we cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Take a look at the following Scriptures: Eph. 4:17-24; 5:16-26. Discuss the how Paul envisions transformation taking place in the lives of believers. What strikes you? What challenges or convicts you personally in this? 
  • Coming Alive to God’s love is how it all begins. Scripture says, “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” - 1 John 4:16. From your own discipleship, or in the way you have seen others initially respond to God, why is experiencing, understanding, and trusting in God’s love so essential? Give examples. 
  • Jesus came to tell us the truth about life (John 18:37), and he said this truth would ultimately set us free (John 8:32). To be Anchored in truth, not just intellectually but experientially, is vital for growth. Discuss Colossians 2:6-8 (and more if you’d like). 
  • Do the pictures of being rooted and built up in Christ speak to you personally? 
  • In what ways are you tending to your roots (the soil of your heart, life and relationships) in this season? 
  • At the end of someone’s life it is always relationships that come back into focus. It’s about reconciliation, family, and those we love the most. Through faith in Jesus Christ we become Activated for a life of purpose as we connect deeply into God’s family, the Church. On Sunday, Seth mentioned two ways we do this:
  • Disciple making: Read 2 Tim. 2:2 aloud. Are you currently investing into the spiritual growth of others in a meaningful way? Why or why not? Is anyone investing into your life? What might disciple-making mean for you in this season? 
  • Serving Him: Discuss where you feel your ministry “sweet-spot” may be. Where has fulfillment and fruitfulness intersected for you in the past?

Wrap Up:  Commit together as a group to jump into The Pathway of transformation at The Shoreline. Participate, lead, and above all pray what “FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRISTlooks like.

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