Main Idea: In our spiritual lives, we control the latches to the doors that either allow Jesus in or the enemy.
Introduction: This week Pastor Zac started us on a new series about the doors we leave open and unprotected in our spiritual lives, specifically anger and unforgiveness.
Discussion Starter: What’s the most physically secure place you’ve ever been (i.e. a bank vault, military base, etc.)?
Primary Scriptures: Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:15-18, John 10:10, Ephesians 4:26-27, Matthew 6:9-15
- Are there areas in your spiritual life where you have left the doors open or unguarded with the shows and movies you watch, books you read, the music you listen to, people in your life, etc.? If so, how can this group hold you accountable for closing them?
- Read Ephesians 4:26-27. How easily or quickly to become angry? Do you allow your frustration to boil up to anger? Next time that begins, remember that this is a key door where the enemy can get a foothold.
- It’s easy to become cynical and unforgiving when we forget all the things for which God has, is, and will forgive us. Discuss what it means to you that you have been forgiven by God and how you should forgive others.
- Read Matthew 6:9-12 What part of this prayer stands out to you the most? What part is the most convicting and most encouraging?
Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.
One of the doors Pastor Zac talked about was the door of unforgiveness. One of the reasons we can be unable to receive forgiveness is if we will not forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15). Is there someone in your life that you have been unable to forgive? Discuss how your group can help you forgive that person. Also, take time to meditate on how God has forgiven you.