The Attentive Life
Feb 7, 2016, Pavi Thomas
1. What are some anxieties that fill your heart and distract you from God? How do you deal with these?
2. In what situations does your mind often wander? What do you often think about when it does wander?
3. What do you try to “fill your net” with?
4. Do you pay attention when God speaks to you? Describe a time and situation when you sensed God speaking to you. Did you do what He said?
5. Do you always seek God’s will and try to follow it, or do you make plans on your own without considering Him?
6. What would your life look like if your attention were focused on the things that God is focused on?
7. What are some ways you are attentive to God? To your friends and acquaintances? To the world?
The Skies, the Scriptures and my Soul
Feb 14, 2016, Jim Zippay
1. Have you ever done a cleanse/detox, extreme exercise routine or diet? What put you in that position to make a change to your routine? What does it or would it take to change your routine for Lent?
2. What are you doing to be more attentive? What did you think of Pastor Jim’s attentive life prompts?
Attentive to God:
– Daily devotional (print or email/online)
– Weekly fast on Wednesday.
Attentive to each other:
– Daily prayers
– Weekly gathering – C Group or Life Group
Attentive to the world:
– Daily witness
– Weekly Alms (green envelopes)
3. What are the places you go to restore your soul? (For Pastor Jim, it was Sky, Scripture, & Soul.)
4. What is God saying to you this Lent?
Consider daily/routinely saying the prayer, “Lord, show me what I’m missing.”
Pay Attention to my Attorney!
Feb 21, 2016, Jim Zippay
1. Have you ever missed something because you didn’t know what to look for?
2. Have you ever thought about your sins as a symptom of your unbelief in God? What symptoms make you lean into Jesus?
verse 9: “about sin, because people do not believe in me;”
3. What have you done in an effort to feel accepted/righteous? “Being right before God isn’t something we achieve, it’s something we receive.”
Verse 10: “about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;”
4. Are there emotions and questions that the RISEN trailer evoke in you?
5. How have you experienced direction from the Holy Spirit? Have you actively been “paying attention” to the Holy Spirit?
Continue internalizing the prayer, “Lord, show me what I’m missing.”
Look in the Mirror!
Feb 28, 2016, Jim Zippay
Questions from the Message:
1. How EMOTIONALLY INVESTED are you in your relationships?
Openness requires vulnerability.
2. How SPIRITUALLY COMMITTED are you to your relationships?
3. How ETERNALLY FOCUSED are you with your relationships?
1. What have mobility, marital breakdown, and the emergence of social media meant in your life and how have they impacted your faith?
2. How are you currently being attentive to others? What could you take on or give up to be more attentive to others?
vs 5: “when I could stand it no longer…”
3. Why do we default to feel concerned and worried when we don’t know what’s going on with those we love and care about?
4. Have you had stuff in your life which has made you waver or walk away from the faith? Have you seen this happen to others?
5. What steps will you take this week to move to be eternally focused with the others you’re learning to be attentive to?
Jim referenced the following series of questions:
John Wesley’s SELF-EXAMINATION QUIZ
Here is one set of questions similar to what John Wesley gave to members of his groups more than 200 years ago. The questions have their origin in the spiritual accountability group started by Wesley when he was a student at Oxford — a group that detractors called “The Holy Club.”
Am I creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
Do I confidentially pass on to others what has been said to me in confidence?
Can I be trusted?
Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
Did the Bible live in me today?
Do I give the Bible time to speak to me every day?
Am I enjoying prayer?
When did I last speak to someone else of my faith?
Do I pray about the money I spend?
Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
Do I disobey God in anything?
Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
Am I defeated in any part of my life?
Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
How do I spend my spare time?
Am I proud?
Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the tax collector?
Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward or disregard? What am I doing about it?
Do I grumble or complain constantly?
Is Christ real to me?
Relationships For Better and For Worse
Mar 6, 2016, Jim Zippay
1. How many of us, especially if we’re in some kind of helping profession, can be the most disconnected and isolated when it comes to relationships where we’re on the receiving end?
2. How often do you ask if you need anything from another? How much do you make cultivating those kind of relationships a priority where you invite others into your life and tell them your need and welcome their input and help?
3. verse 9: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.
What is your labor? What are you working on?
4. Are you partnered with someone who has been through what you are going through? Have you considered mentoring another who is going through something you’ve experienced?
5. verse 10: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Have you seen someone fall emotionally and not have anyone to help them up? Who is there for you? Who is there that has the freedom to ask you how you are doing and who won’t take “fine” as an answer?
6. Are you willing to let anyone in? Will you take this idea of each other to the next level where you start experiencing the better and not the worse? Will you do better working on things together, marriage, parenting, and your walk with Christ?
Mar 13, 2016, Jim Zippay
Read the Matthew 25 “Sheep and Goats” passage.
1. What is the point of this passage, what’s the reason for this harsh judgment – and how are we supposed to respond to its warning?
Watch Keith Green’s “Sheep and Goats” video.
2. What do you know about people? About others? What do we know about ourselves and our tendencies?
3. Do you know the least: people who are hungry and homeless, folks who are refugees and prisons, folks who at home or in the hospital sick? Do you do know some who would be considered the least?
4. What are you doing for others? Where do you feel concern for people? What will you seek now to do?
5. How is God changing you to do more for people without knowing their story and what qualifies them for help, to operate from an overflow of the love of God fills your heart? Is He?
Consider reading Sheep and Goats passage from The Message.