Circles of Life – Week 3

 

Icebreaker: 

  • Are you a listener or a talker?

 

Going deeper:

  • Inlight of this week’s sermon, what is new information, challenged, or stood out to you?

 

Read aloud Hebrews 10:24-25

  • The author’s call to fellowship in action and in worship is given a sense of urgency by what coming event?
  • In what specific ways could you spur another Christian on toward love and good deeds?
  • What or who spurs you on?

 

“Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but wants only to be provoked.” Katherine Anne Porter

  • Agree or disagree? Why or why not?

 

Read aloud John 14:1-18

  • What do you worry most about?
  • How does Jesus comfort His disciples?
  • What is this “house”?
  • Do Jesus’ listeners understand what He is talking about? (v.5)
  • In troubled times, what has given you hope and courage?
  • Do you feel the promises Jesus makes in verses 12-14 are “blank check” promises about prayer, or are there some conditions?

 

Reflect:

  • If Jesus is the way, do you feel you are on a bumpy dead-end street or a four lane high-way?
  • In light of 14:6 how would you respond to someone who said “there are many ways to God”?

 

Application:

5 traits of people who have healthy, meaningful relationships:

  • They make relationships a high priority in their lives.
  • They cultivate transparency based on honest vulnerability.
  • They dare to talk about their affection with the people they love and like.
  • They are active listeners and genuinely care about the essence of others.
  • They learn and apply healthy boundaries in their relationships.

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 on each of these items. 1 being lowest, 10 being highest.

 

  • How can your group hold you accountable in the area you would most like to grow in?