Life 101 – Week 4
Small Group Study

Ice Breaker:  Did you ever embarrass your parents?  How?  Did your kids ever embarrass you?  How?

1.    Three responses to the seven steps:
a.    You’re going to want to get mad, and if you do, you owe it to yourself to ask what? (hint: Why am I mad?)  Discuss.
b.    You’re going to want to stop at good intentions.  If you do, you owe it to yourself to remember what? (hint: Direction not intention determines destination.)  Discuss.
c.    You’re going to want to give up, and if you do, you owe it to yourself to “Just keep ____________________”.

Seven Steps to the Best year of your life:

Step 1 – Get physical
Step 2 – Get involved
Step 3 – Get Financial:

God’s plans for our finances can be summarized this way.  An invitation with a promise.  Discuss in light of Malachi 3:6-12.  Have you taken the 101 day tithing challenge?

Step 4 – Get Visional

Why is God’s vision for our life, the “right” vision?  Answer in light of Ephesians 2:10.

Ephesians 2:10 says you were created in Christ Jesus.  According to 1 Cor. 5:21, you are a new creation in Christ Jesus. How does the death of Jesus on the cross change your past?  How does His resurrection change your present, future and eternity?

When we make a good thing a “god thing”, that’s a bad thing, if we want to have the best year of our lives.  Discuss.

According to the parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15: 11-24, is it rule-keeping that makes us right with God?  If not, what does?

Step 5 – Get Biblical

        Why is reading the Bible a spiritual DISCIPLINE?

        Discuss Isaiah 55:

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it

Step 6 – Get Relational
        
        Get rid of Bitterness.  Why?

        Get control of your gossip.  Why?

        Get singleness right.
            Play defense.  Discuss in light of proverbs 4:23
            Play offense.  You’re not looking for the Right One. Why?

        Get marriage right.
            Three steps:
                Love your spouse.  How?
                Work at it.
                Don’t give up.

        Get parenting right.  
                Why is it tempting as parents to focus on the BEHAVIOUR of our kids?  God wants us to go a little
                deeper.  Discuss.

Step 7 – Get Moving!
        
What is one Next Step God has given you in this series?  Are you going to take it?