Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 8.20.11

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Before I Die I Want To…
Be on Good Terms with God
Lee Powell, Senior Pastor
August 20 & 21, 2011

YOU MUST BE B_______ A________.

Jesus answered, I am telling you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again. JOHN 3:3 GNT

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. ROMANS 6:23

PATTERN OF THE EARLY CHRISTIANS: Conviction, R_______________________, Faith and Baptism

Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”ACTS 2:37

Peter said to them, Each one of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God’s gift, the Holy Spirit. ACTS 2:38 GNT

Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all. ACTS 2:41

They (the early Christians) spent time t___________________ absorbing the apostles teaching (the Bible), eating t ___________________ and praying t___________________.

 They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in the fellowship, and sharing in the fellowship meals and the prayers. ACTS 2:42 GNT

Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. And every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved. ACTS 2:46, 47 GNT

All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.
Living It Out – Discussion Questions
(Discuss these questions in your LifeGroup and/or with your family and friends.)

1. During this weekend’s message Lee talked about what it really means to be “born again.” Reflect on John 3:3 and Romans 6:23. What is it about our spiritual condition that necessitates being born again? Here’s the most important question: Are you born again? What does being a “born again Christian” mean to you?

2.Everyone makes mistakes, but far too often we become numb to the sin in our lives. In fact, we compare ourselves to others and as long as there are people making bigger mistakes than us, we don’t confront our own sinful patterns. Share a time when you felt convicted of a certain sin in your life. How long did it take you to respond to that conviction and what did you do? Repentance is when we turn away from sin after we are convicted of it.

3.Repentance isn’t the same as feeling sorry for sinful behavior – it is actually turning away from that behavior. Is there something you believe that God is calling you to turn away from in order to follow him?

4.There are many Christians who believe that the Christian life can be lived alone. What’s wrong with that mindset? What are we missing out on if we neglect to live in community with other Christ-followers?

5.Are you in a LifeGroup, 4:15 group or New Christian LifeGroup? If so, share an experience where the group has impacted your life. If you are not in a group, why not? (If you are experiencing Christian community in a different environment, feel free to share about how that environment challenges you and helps you grow spiritually.)

6.Look at Acts 2:42 and Acts 2:46-47. Notice how the scriptures say that the early Christians “spent time” doing certain activities. How much time to you spend studying the Bible, building relationships and praying with other Christians? If you aren’t spending enough time then what do you need to do differently?

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
(Memorize this verse for the month of August.)
EPHESIANS 2:10 (New Living Translation)
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created
us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the
good things he planned for us long ago.

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