2019 New Year Life Group Questions
Start of the new year by journeying with Riverside in discovering how to take simple but life changing steps in our faith.
January 6, 2019
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Have you made any New Years resolutions for yourself? John encouraged us that as we are thinking about this new year that we also commit ourselves to take the next step in our relationship with Jesus. Have you set any spiritual goals this year?
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Verse 17 says that we are a “new creation”...and that is different than becoming a better version of yourself. Why is this such an important distinction?
Paul uses the word “reconciliation” 4 times in just these 5 verses. How would you describe what it means to be reconciled to God? Others? John said that what God did for you he wants to do through you. Is that a present reality for you?
Verse 19 says that God no longer counts our sins against us...that’s incredible news...and while that is good news, it can sometimes be hard to believe. What makes that hard for you to believe about yourself? For others?
Often times we can think that we have to find our purpose in life, but John said that you already are a person of purpose because you are Christ ambassador(v.20). How does that challenge you? Where is Christ calling you to be an ambassador?
John challenged all of us to be the ministry of reconciliation by being “bridge builders.” Where is one specific area that you want to live that out in?
Read Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus actually gives us a commandment to not worry (v.25).
Jesus asks a very convicting question in v. 26 about if you are more valuable than a bird.
V. 27 says, "Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?" John said that worry doesn't "add" it only "takes."
John talked about a "trade" that Jesus makes with us. As followers of Christ, we are to trade our worries for seeking him and his righteousness.
Sunday morning John said that often times Christians live with a 2/3 view of God. The "average" Christian can talk who God is, who Jesus is but when it comes to the Holy Spirit often times things get really foggy. How would you define the Holy Spirit?
Read Galatians 5:16-26
V. 16 says, "So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives..." What does that actually look like in your life to let the Holy Spirit guide you?
Paul says the Spirit and our flesh are in opposition to one another. Where do you find that to be true in your daily life?
Does any of the list that is in v.19-21 surprise you?
What is one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit according to v22-23? Who actually does the producing? That means, that if you are rooted in the Holy Spirit, you should be growing in all of these areas...is that true for you? What if we asked your friends, family or coworker if that's true?
John used the example of filling up a cup with a lot of different things. What would you say is filling up most of your cup right now?
How can you begin to open yourself up to being more aware of how the Holy Spirit is already working in your life?
What is one step you are willing to take this week?