StoneBridge Community Church
Hearts and Minds: Setting Our Hearts and Minds on Jesus
Pastor Neal Nybo
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM

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Introduction to our nine-week Hearts and Minds series

Written by the Apostle Paul, the first seventeen verses of Colossians chapter three is like a “how-to” guide for following Jesus. This nine week, Hearts and Minds message series will unpack and explore these practical "how-to's" and inspire us to live them out.

Dallas Willard on Growing in Christlikeness

Dr. Dallas Willard most influenced Pastor Neal's understanding of Jesus in our lives. Here is an article that summarizes Dallas Willard's teaching on growing in the likeness of Jesus.
1. Heart Training.

The overall requirement for following Jesus is to have hearts trained to follow him. We spend a great deal of time, energy and money training our minds when the most important, and more difficult, factor is training our hearts.
Discussion Questions
1. What do you pay a lot of attention to?

2. Practically speaking, what would you think about if your heart was set on things above?

3. Could you pay attention to the same things but think about them differently?

4. When tomorrow morning can you take a minute or two and open your heart to God for the day? How would you do that?
Next Step:

Open your heart to God each morning.
2. Ordinary life is our gym.

We follow Jesus and learn to be like him as we engage the ordinary events of our lives with "becoming more like Jesus" at the forefront of our thoughts.
Discussion Questions
1. What are some challenges in your life right now?

2. What are some areas of excitement in your life?

3. What are some things others would say you are good at or passionate about?

4. How might you use these areas as a gym for setting your mind on things above?
Next Step:

For the next nine weeks, keep a journal that captures your life events under the two headings of either uplifting or challenging.
3. Empowered by the Holy Spirit

While it is up to us to be intentional about following Jesus, it is the power of the Holy Spirit that makes it possible.
Discussion Questions
1. What do you think it means to say you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ?

2. What does this mean: When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

3. When was the last time you memorized something? Can you still remember it?

4. What intimidates or interests you when you think about memorizing 17 verses?

5. Are you willing to try with just these first 4 verses?
Next Step:

Fill yourself with Colossians 3 – read, memorize, pray each phrase.

The Text In Context

Colossians 3: 1-17 can be considered a handbook for following Jesus. Here is a verse by verse explanation.

StoneBridge growth groups are the ideal place to get connected, be encouraged, encourage others, and explore biblical truth. Now is the perfect time to join a Growth Group and get the most out of our upcoming Fall message series, “Hearts and Minds” where we will take an in depth look at Colossians 3:1-17. Take a look at the brochure in your bulletin or sign up at The Hub today to be in a Growth Group.

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