4 Week Challenge Discussion Questions

Following each Sunday of the 4 Week Challenge, questions will be posted here for discussion based around the message.

Join one of our scheduled "Coffee Connections" to participate, or get a conversation going with someone you know, using these questions as starters.

Week 4 Questions

Based on the message from Sunday, September 30th:

  1. Pastor Louis opened the message with this thought: “To step towards your destiny, you often have to step away from your security.”  Think about a time when this may have been true for you, and describe the internal struggle required to take that step.  What were the consequences and benefits of making that step?

  2. When considering a big step of faith or pursuing an opportunity, Pastor Louis pointed out that it is often the START that STOPS us.  Why do you think we often find that starting a project feels so daunting?  Have you learned any tips or strategies to overcome the initial resistance to getting started?

  3. The story of Nehemiah is the story of a Divine Burden and how it created lasting results.  Read Nehemiah’s prayer in Nehemiah. 1:5-11 and discuss Nehemiah’s expressions of Repentance, Recognition of God and Reliance on God.  In what ways might that prayer feel like a “too big” prayer for one person?

  4. Nehemiah could never have accomplished his Divine Burden alone.  Nehemiah 2:17-18 tells how he shared what God had done already, and how did the people respond?  Discuss the power of sharing ideas and the importance of supporting those with big ideas or vision for the future.

  5. Every big project requires multiple steps, and we will always face opposition of some kind along the way.  What advice does Galatians 6:9 give in those situations?  Why do you think we sometimes “become weary in doing good” and what are some ways we can persevere to accomplish the goal?

Week 3 Questions

Based on the message from Sunday, September 23th:

 

  1. When you were a child/teen, how many activities did your parents have you involved in?  If you have kids of your own how programmed (full of activities) have you made their lives?  Discuss the possible impacts of a really full schedule on a child's development.

  2. Pastor Louis quoted Craig Groeschel: "An uncommitted life is always an unsuccessful life."  In what ways can you see this to be true?  Do you think commitment always equals success?  Why or why not?

  3. In Acts 20:22-24, the Apostle Paul recounts an experience in following God's guidance.  What parts of this scripture cause you difficulty, or seem like things you would rather avoid?  What parts challenge you about the idea of obedience to God?

  4. It is really easy to pray a prayer asking God for direction, but as we learned from Paul above, God's direction isn't always simple, easy or pain free.  If we are not asking to face hard things, when what do you think we are really asking God in our hearts when we pray such prayers?

  5. If you have made a commitment to follow Jesus, share a time when that commitment came with a cost of some kind.  Was that cost worth it?  If you are still exploring faith, feel free to ask any questions you have about the costs and benefits of trusting Jesus.

  6. How hard is it to believe that what God wants for us is better than what we want for ourselves?  If we are honest, what DO we generally want for ourselves?  Why then can God's will be considered objectively better?

Week 2 Questions

Based on the message from Sunday, September 17th:

  1. Do you ever find yourself paralyzed when having to make a decision?  Why do you think certain decisions seem so overwhelming these days?  What kinds of decisions do you find hardest?

  2. "Wisdom" is not one of the most commonly used words right now, but how would you define it?  What sources of wisdom can you identify?

  3. Rephrase Proverbs 16:16 as a question and discuss it.  How much would wisdom be worth to you?  In what ways do people try to exchange their wealth for wisdom & insight?  Do people with more money make better life decisions?

  4. At the end of the message, Pastor Louis gave us 3 ways to follow through and increase our wisdom: WALK with the wise (Prov. 13:20), ASK for wisdom (James 1:5) and DECIDE (1 Thessalonians 3:1).  Which if these would be the easiest (or hardest) for you to begin doing in your life?  Which would benefit you the most right now?

  5. If there was one person you could choose to "WALK with" regularly to gain access to their wisdom, who would it be?  

  6. How might these ideas of WALKing and ASKing be connected with Jesus and prayer?

Week 1 Questions

Based on the message from Sunday, September 23th:

 

  1. When you were a child/teen, how many activities did your parents have you involved in?  If you have kids of your own how programmed (full of activities) have you made their lives?  Discuss the possible impacts of a really full schedule on a child's development.

  2. Pastor Louis quoted Craig Groeschel: "An uncommitted life is always an unsuccessful life."  In what ways can you see this to be true?  Do you think commitment always equals success?  Why or why not?

  3. In Acts 20:22-24, the Apostle Paul recounts an experience in following God's guidance.  What parts of this scripture cause you difficulty, or seem like things you would rather avoid?  What parts challenge you about the idea of obedience to God?

  4. It is really easy to pray a prayer asking God for direction, but as we learned from Paul above, God's direction isn't always simple, easy or pain free.  If we are not asking to face hard things, when what do you think we are really asking God in our hearts when we pray such prayers?

  5. If you have made a commitment to follow Jesus, share a time when that commitment came with a cost of some kind.  Was that cost worth it?  If you are still exploring faith, feel free to ask any questions you have about the costs and benefits of trusting Jesus.

  6. How hard is it to believe that what God wants for us is better than what we want for ourselves?  If we are honest, what DO we generally want for ourselves?  Why then can God's will be considered objectively better?

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