Leaders Community Group Study Guide
For the week of September 22, 2019
Next week is “TAILGATE” Sunday! At DI, wear your team colors and plan on joining us for lunch and corn hole after service.
There will be a tailgate party at our BP campus. If you would like to register your vehicle for our tailgate party in the West parking lot at the Ballast Point Campus, go to https://stfchurch.com/tailgate-party/ STF will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, water, lemonade, and tea. Please bring any additional snacks that you would like (pretzels, chips, etc.).
Please be sure to record your attendance at the conclusion of your meeting.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. Who was your hero when you were 10? A movie star? An athlete? A comic book character? What ability did they have that you wanted for yourself?
2. Outside of Scripture, who is someone you perceive to be living or has lived as if they were in the “4th quarter” of their life? If, applicable, what happened in history as a result?
3. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
1. In what area of your life have you seen the most change since you committed your life to Christ?
- my priorities
- my beliefs
- my relationships
- my goals
- my attitudes
- my values
- my devotional life
- my habits and lifestyle
- other ______________
2. Read Philippians 3:10-12. Paul desired to know Christ better. On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (great), how does your desire in this area rank?
“To live is Christ” means that we pursue the knowledge of Christ. We want to know Christ better and better each day. Not just a set of facts about Christ, but Christ Himself.
How can you continually get to “know” (v.10) Christ better and have a greater fellowship with Him?
To summarize how to get to know God better: 1) Accept Christ as your Savior. 2) Read His Word…it is alive (Hebrews 4:12). 3) On an on-going basis, be filled with the Holy Spirit. 4) Seek the Lord through prayer. 5) Fellowship and live out your life with the saints (Hebrews 10:25).
3. Read Hebrews 12:1-3. What comfort do you get from knowing that a cloud of witnesses is watching you run the Christian race? What have you discovered that helps you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus?
“To live is Christ” means that Christ is our focus, our goal, and our chief desire. Christ is the center point of our mind, heart, body and soul. Everything that we do, we do for Christ’s glory. We have characters in history and in Scripture to help encourage us to live boldly for Him. Use one of the aforementioned “4th quarter living” asked in ‘getting to know you’ to make the connection that we are being cheered on by that person now as it is our turn to live in this manner.
TAKING IT HOME
1. Read Philippians 1:21. Given your priorities and schedule this week, how would you honestly finish this sentence, “For me, to live is . . .”? What would change if you said “Christ”?
2. We need God to reveal to us the brevity of life. That revelation will help us grow wise, and wisdom is important because the choices we make during our brief stay on earth have eternal consequences. Read our theme verse for this series, Psalm 90:12. Take a moment to pray and ask God to reveal who you need to share the gospel with this week. Be prepared to share your answer with the group.
“To live is Christ” means that we proclaim the gospel of Christ. Pray that there is a sense of urgency to share the gospel with the people who need to hear it and pray that they are ready to receive it.
3. Who receives God’s blessing through your prayers?
Enemies of the gospel hounded Paul from place to place. Paul prayed and asked for prayer along the way. We can only imagine the extent to which God worked out His will for Paul through believers’ prayers. Will the same be true about your prayers?
4. How can this group support you in prayer?