For further Study
Looking back over your notes, what did you find most helpful, challenging or interesting in this week’s teaching?
1. What’s your first response to the statement that as a follower of Christ you are called to “deny yourself”?
What might be some examples of being willing to “deny yourself”…
… at work?
… with your friends?
… at home?
2. Can you think of a time you saw someone sacrifice their personal preference to serve another or to stand up for what was right no matter the cost (besides your mom)?
1. Denying ourselves to follow Jesus can be no small challenge, as we heard this weekend. What hope do the following verses give that living a life based on God’s map instead of our own is well worth it?
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
1 Peter 2:12 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.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
Can you think of a time in your life when the truth of these Scriptures came alive because you did the tough thing? If so, explain.
Which one would you say is most important to you?
2. This week we heard Mike say that it’s important to take a serious look at what we’re allowing on our map and in our life. The apostle Paul makes a similar statement to the church of Ephesus, speaking not only of things to stop but also of things that need to be done. As your read Ephesians 4:29-5:3 & 5:15-16, jot down what Paul tells the Ephesians to stop and start doing.