Monday, September 19, 2016

Questions: You Aren't Who You Think You Are

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 "You Aren't Who You Think You Are" If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
  1. Do you have a tattoo? If so, share it and the story behind it...
  2. Vince said, several times, "What you do is determined by what you think of you." The idea is that how you identify yourself, your self perception, is what drives your decisions and behavior. That's probably not what most people think. What are some of the things most people would say drive our decisions and behavior?
  3. Proverbs 23:7 says, "For as he thinks within himself, so he is." What do you think that means?
  4. So who we think we are drives our behavior, but we learned that we may not be who we think we are. Many of us have a "false identity." We base our identity on what other people tell us about ourselves, especially if we hear something early in life, or often in life.
    • Who were some of the influential people in your life (either positive or negative) growing up?
    • What are some of the things you were made to believe, especially about yourself, growing up?
      • For example, just to get you thinking, some kids learn:
        • "You'll never amount to much."
        • "Turn to alcohol when you're feeling stressed."
        • "You're only important if you're successful."
        • "Men will always hurt you."
        • "Your only important if you're in the spotlight."
        • "Good things will never happen to you."
        • "You're not very pretty."
    • What are some of the things you started to believe about yourself later in life?
    • How have your beliefs (especially about yourself) driven your behavior?
    • Of the things you believe, are there some you now realize are lies?
    • How have these lies led you to live in ways you really don't want to live?
  5. We learned that the is good news: Jesus is the ultimate ink master. He is able to tattoo us with our true identities, and learning the truth about us has the power to set us free! First, we need to really identify the lies we believe and have Jesus remove those "old tattoos", that's what we're going to learn more about in week 2 of Tattooed.
  6. 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?)