Monday, January 6, 2014

Questions: The Report Card

We provide questions each week based on the theme of our service for our Micro Groups to use. If you're not in a Verve Micro Group, feel free to use them on your own.

This week we were in our series The Left Out Right Arm and talked about "The Report Card." If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
  1. How did you feel on report card day? Why?
  2. In the message this week we were challenged to take an honest look at our lives and to "test ourselves to see if we are in the faith" (see 2 Corinthians 13:5). This isn't necessarily fun, but it's critical for us to do.
  3. Read Luke 14:25-35
  4. Jesus says we're to "hate"our family members. This is not literal. We're told in the Bible that we're to love our family. The point here is that Jesus has to come first. Our love for Jesus must surpass our love for anything and everyone else, even our family members. And even our own lives.
  5. What do you think are some of the reasons God demands that we put Him first?
  6. How is God's insistence that we put Him first actually a sign of His love for us?
  7. If people invite God into their lives and doesn't make Him number one, if they don't submit their lives to his authority, what does it say about what they truly think about God and whether they've actually made Him "Lord" of their lives? 
  8. Read Revelation 3:15-19
  9. Jesus says that we can't be lukewarm. In the message this weekend at Verve, Vince described what a lukewarm person's life looks like. What are some of the things you remember that he mentioned, and how did you feel about them?
  10. Jesus says that if we realize we're lukewarm, we should "be earnest and repent." Earnest means to be serious. To repent means to turn away from how we're living and run to God. Do you need to repent? And, practically speaking, what might repentance look like for you?
  11. Accountability Question:  How have you invited God into all your decisions? What part (or decision) in your life are you leaving God out of?
  12. Prayer Question:  What could we be praying for you this week? (Is this there something good we could celebrate with you, or a challenge you need God's help with?)