Ice Breaker:  Top three pet peeves?

 

1.      Spiritual mediocrity is claiming to believe the Truth, but failing to apply it to your life.  Discuss.

 

2.      Jesus had this to say to about spiritually mediocre people in Revelation 3:15-16

"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth."

 

a.      Why would the church of Laodicea really understand how unappealing lukewarm water is?

b.     Neither HOT nor COLD.  Jesus was speaking to fulfillment and effectiveness.

                                                              i.      Why is a lukewarm Christian miserable?

1.      Why did Jesus say that it would be better for someone to be COLD spiritually than luke warm?

                                                            ii.      Why is a lukewarm Christian ineffective?

 

3.      Read Deuteronomy 30:11-16.

a.      How does Moses say, “Miserable people live miserable lives, not because of secret truth they DON’T know,            but because of simple truth they DON’T apply”?

b.     What are three things we do, according to Moses, to choose life and prosperity?

 

4.      One simple truth that will set you free:  God wants to make you holy, not happy.

a.      Three fundamental flaws of making happiness your highest pursuit:

                                                              i.      You assume whatever makes you happy is right and whatever makes you                                                            unhappy is wrong.  Why is that not true?

                                                            ii.      You assume that God’s job is to serve you, rather than the other way around.                                                  Why does always end badly when we face adversity?

                                                          iii.      You assume that you know you better than God knows you.  Wow, is scary.                                                    Ever done something that you thought in the moment would make you happy,                                                only to regret it later?

5.      The word “holiness” comes from the Greek word “hagios”, meaning – set apart for special blessing.  Sound good?

 

6.      How is holiness a call to action in the following passage (1 Peter 2:11-12)?

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us."