Sunday, March 24, 2019

Made

We provide questions each week based on the theme of our service for our Verve Groups to use. If you're not in a Verve Group, feel free to use them on your own.
This week we continued the series called MadeIf you missed it, you can listen to it here.


1. Is there a mafia movie (or the mob museum) that you like? What do you like about it? What do you think people find interesting about the mafia?
2. This week we had Michael Franzese speak at Verve. Franzese went from a mafia boss to a committed follower of Jesus. It all started with just a Bible in solitary confinement in prison. Reading the Bible was a central piece of his transformation.

  1. 3. Jesus said, in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they have life, and have it to the full."
    • The "thief" is Satan, who is trying to destroy your life. Jesus said the way he does that is through lying to you, "there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44). Satan is trying to ruin your life by getting you to believe lies.
    • It's hard to see in ourselves, but can you see any lies you have believed? Maybe lies about God? Or about yourself? What's an example of one?
    4. Jesus said, in John 8:32, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
    • Why do you think knowing the truth is a key to our freedom?
    5. God tells us that changing the way we think is the key to our transformation in Romans 12:2, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."
    • When most people try to change, do you believe they focus on trying to change the way they think or changing the way they act?
    • Why do you think changing the way we act doesn't tend to work?
    6. The key to changing our mind, and experiencing transformation, is reading the Bible. Check out 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
    • Have you experienced the Bible ("Scripture") helping you to transform by teaching or rebuking or correcting and training you?
    7. What would help you to make reading and learning the Bible more of a priority in your life? We might all say we want to read the Bible more, but what would help you to actually do it?

    8. What can we pray for each other this week?