Sunday, October 2, 2016

Questions: True You

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 "True You" If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
  1. Do you like your name? Why or why not? If you had to pick a different name, what would it be?
  2. We learned, in the message this week, that John (who became one of Jesus' disciples) thought of himself as a tough guy with a bit of an anger problem. How do you think of yourself? What would you say are some of the defining characteristics of you? And what are some of the negative qualities of you?
  3. Doing life with Jesus, and being loved by Jesus, changed his identity. In fact, he started calling himself "the one Jesus loves" (see John 13:23 and 19:26-27 and 21:7). And it wasn't just what he called himself, love started to dominate his life. He wrote a letter that we have as a book of the Bible (called 1 John) which is about 2 pages long, and in which the word love appears over 30 times! John the angry tough guy, became a man of love.
    • What do you think God intends for you to become? How do you think God wants to work in your life to bring about change and to help you to see yourself as He sees you, and to live the life He's always intended for you to live?
  4. The Bible says, in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!"
    • Becoming a Christian is not about becoming a better person, it's about becoming a new person. But the new person is actually the true person, the true you. You are the one Jesus loves. Your true identity is that you are perfectly loved by the one who matters most.
    • If you really believed that, and lived in it, how might it change your life?
    • How would it change the way you think of yourself?
    • How would it change the way you treat others?
    • How would it change your thoughts, and priorities, and goals?
  5. Next week we'll learn more about how to live in our true identity, but it has to start with a decision. A decision to say yes to Jesus as your Savior and Lord, and yes to life with Jesus, and to seeing yourself as the one Jesus loves. Are you ready to say yes?
  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?)