Discussion Questions for Sermon Series Re-Solution Week  2 “Something to Show for It”

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INTRODUCTION

This is the time of year when we become painfully aware of where we are not, who we are not, and what we need to do differently. Traditionally, it’s a season of self-absorption. We wonder how to get slimmer, stronger, and smarter. We wonder how to get out of debt. We wonder how to become better people. If you really want to become a better person, do something this year to make the world a better place. But how do you determine what you should do?

1. Over the last week as you wrestled with the question, “What breaks my heart?”, what came to mind?

2. In what ways have you pursued significance throughout your life? How successful were those approaches?

3. Read Luke 14:25–27. Respond to what Jesus said in the passage. In what ways does it challenge your assumptions about your purpose in life? In what ways is it comforting?

4. How would you answer this question: “At the end of my life I would like people to line up and thank me for...”?

5. Based on your answer to the previous question, what might it cost you in terms of time, money, missed opportunity, or family time to pursue that desired future?

6. What is one thing you can do to begin to move toward that desired future? How can this group help you?

 

What breaks your heart? What needs to change in your community? What can you do? Who can you partner with? Jesus invites you to a life of purpose. Devote yourself to more than yourself so you will have more than yourself to show for yourself.

Pray

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.

Mark 8:34–35

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