Atomic Life Week 5 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: Discipline, or sanctification, is the process of replacing wrong habits and values learned in the world with holy habits.

Introduction: Everyone has habits whether you realize them or not.  You may call them routines, you may not call them anything. They are embedded routes our minds take with or without a level of consciousness.  Have you ever arrived somewhere and don’t remember the drive at all?

Discussion Starter: If we were to write down all our habits – good, bad, and ugly – from the start of the day to the time our heads hit the pillow; what would we discover about ourselves? What do our habits say about us?  What do we want them to say about us?

Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, Hebrews 10:25, Acts 20:35, Luke 6:38, Acts 13:3, James 4:8, Psalm 1:2, Psalm 95:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:2 & Hebrews 5:14

Discussion Questions:

  1. Each of the 7 bible verses discusses one, or more, of the holy habits that Pastor Chris talks about in the sermon.  Read each of the verses and identify which discipline the verse is referring to. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, Acts 20:35, Luke 6:38 & Acts 13:3, James 4:8, Psalm 1:2, & Psalm 95:1-2

  2. Are there other verses you can think of that highlight these habits?

  3. What is the importance of Hebrews 10:25 and how can we apply it to our lives? Think specifically about solidifying the holy habits in our lives.

  4. Using both of the scriptures from the sermon, 2 Timothy 2:2 & Hebrews 5:14, and applying them to our list of holy habits, what can we conclude?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Colossians 3 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.

Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.

Discuss a holy habit you want to focus on.  This habit should be prayed over and the one habit you will work on for 66 days.  Every day for 66 days you will pray about and work with God to change a worldly habit into a holy habit.  After all, not doing one of the disciplines is a worldly habit.  Come up with a game plan to encourage each other on your journey to solidify the habits in your life.  Will you text, call, FB messenger each other daily… weekly?  What will the accountability be for your group? As always, pray for the success of your brothers and sisters in Christ and that God’s Will will be done in their lives.

Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Which of the holy habits can you participate more in at Faith Promise?  It could be one you do individually or one you do as a group.

Engaging in Community and the World: Easter is not too far around the corner.  Which of the holy habits can you implement between now and then to encourage others to learn more about Christ or to come to Faith Promise?

Expand God’s Kingdom

Spend some time praying for the missionaries this week. Pray for them as they are practicing holy disciplines/habits in different countries and teaching others.

Leader’s Notes

The holy habits that pastor Chris address in his sermon are

  1. Time with the Lord

  2. Time in the word

  3. Prayer

  4. Generosity

  5. Serving

  6. Worshiping

  7. Fasting

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.

– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.

– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.

– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.