Wk3 THREE SERIES
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Cor. 5:17 (NLT)
WARM UP:Growing up, did you ever play organized sports? If so, what sport? Who was your favorite coach and why?
If you’ve ever played sports, chances are you’ve had one or more memorable coaches who have pushed you on and off the field. Maybe it was a PE teacher or a football coach that stands out in your memory. Although the coach never steps on the field and plays the game, the game wouldn’t be the same without their input, their knowledge, and their guidance. The same thing is true when it comes to living the Christian life.
If you are a Christian, you have a “Life Coach” whose primary job is to help you live your best life now by teaching you how to live it the way God wants you to. His job is to help shape you into the person you were meant to be not by squeezing you into a mold but by helping you change from the inside-out.
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6 (NLT)
Question:If this is God’s purpose for our lives, shouldn’t your life look different now than when it did when first you believed in Christ? Maybe, we don’t know Him as well as we need to.
Bible Study Section: Ephesians 1:11-23
- What is God’s mark on the life of a believer? What purpose does this mark serve?
- What would it mean for your life, your marriage, and your finances to be conformed to God’s own will? How would it look different than it does now?
- What are you doing in your “life” right now that you may know Him better?
- How would your life change if you began to pray verses 17-19 every week for each other?
- God put into your bank account all of these resources in the person of the Holy Spirit. What’s keeping you from drawing upon what’s been credited to your account?
From the Message:
- This morning Pastor Steve said, “Your salvation is supposed to be the launch pad for a whole new life!” In your personal opinion, what keeps most of us stuck living the same old life? Why doesn’t our life look more like Christ’s?
- After that, Pastor Steve said,“The Holy Spirit is our Life Coach for living the Christian life. You can’t do it without Him.” If this is true, how much are you depending upon the Holy Spirit’s guidance, strength, and insight?
- Read Eph. 3:14-21 in the Message translation. What is the most meaningful thing out of this passage to you.
- What struck you the most from this morning’s message? Why that?
- What challenged you the most? What changes do you plan on making as a result?
Reflection and Prayer:You have a Life Coach who is always present, who’s always available and whose power is unlimited. The Holy Spirit is that kind of Life Coach. He is God’s gift to us to guide and lead us in this new life we’ve been given.
How do you plan on getting to know Him better this week?