Sunday, September 25, 2016

Questions: Tattoo Removal

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 continued our series called Tattooed and talked about "Tattoo Removal" If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
  1. If you got a bad tattoo, or one you later became embarrassed of, what do you think you'd do? Why?
  2. We learned in the first week of this series that "What you do is determined by what you think of you." How do you see your self-identity driving your behavior?
  3. Unfortunately, many of us have learned lies about ourselves. These lies haunt us. We keep thinking things like, "You could never do that" or "You're not smart enough" or "You'll never find love" or "You've ruined your life." So what do we do about these lies? We learn the answer in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
  4. A "stronghold" was a fortress built at the highest point in a city. It was used to protect the leaders of the city when the city was under siege. It was made to be unapproachable and impenetrable. This passage is saying that the lies we believe about ourselves are like those strongholds. They have a "strong hold" on us and are hard to defeat.
    • What are some of the lies that have plagued your life for a long time?
    • Why do you think these lies are so hard to stop believing? (Maybe because you came to believe them so early in life? Or maybe they've become comfortable or convenient for you to believe? Or maybe because you've spent your life reinforcing them?)
  5. The verses say that we don't use human "weapons" to defeat these lies, but instead use divine weapons with supernatural power. Why do you think we need God's help to stop believing the lies?
  6. The passage says that, in God's power, we take every lie "captive" and "make it obedient to Christ". The idea is that we will no longer have any unexamined assumptions about ourselves. We will "capture" every thought we have and examine it, to see if it lines up with the truth God tells us about ourselves.
    • What are some things you assume about yourself, or about life, that you've never really examined?
    • What could help you to know God's truth so you can compare your thoughts about yourself to what God tells you is true about you?
    • Who could help you with this?
  7. 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?)