A life worth living is a life worth working on.
Share a story about a home improvement project you either completed or watched someone else complete.
This week we begin a new series: Fixer Upper. Every house requires a firm foundation to withstand the elements. The purpose of this week’s discussion is to examine our foundations of faith.
Read Luke 6:46-49.
1. A house can be built on a faulty foundation, and it may stand for a while, but eventually the faults will result in disaster. Where might some cracks appear in your foundations (i.e. what are you tempted to depend on rather than God)?
2. Pastor Chris reminded us foundations are made in the dirt. Working on our foundation is a messy job. What difficulties do you encounter in trying to make Christ your foundation?
3. Do you feel your foundation is firm or faulty? What kinds of storms has your foundation endured?
Read 1 Corinthians 11:1.
Paul encourages believers to follow his example. Ultimately, our example is Christ, but it can be helpful to see how others seek after God.
4. Can you think of a Christ follower who showed you how a firm foundation looks? What do you admire about them? How do they respond when storms come?
5. Who are some people you should ask to mentor you in your faith?
Read Luke 15:14-16.
6. The prodigal son was so desperate to eat that he wanted to eat the unclean food that he was feeding to unclean animals. What are you desperate for? More time? More money? Better relationships?
7. What do you use other than God to fill your emptiness? Food? Drink? Drugs? The internet? Relationships?
8. The prodigal son was hungry. What is your diet like? Think about diet as what you put into your body AND your mind. What are you eating? What are you watching? What are you reading?
Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-11.
9. Christ is our foundation. It is not about what we do, but what He’s already done. Share with your group how you are working on your foundation. Are you struggling to believe and accept Christ? Are you working on dying to self and living for Christ? How can your group meet you where you are and help you on your way?
Spend some time praying for each other as a group. Pray for Christ to be the foundation of your faith. Pray for God to reveal himself to each one of you through his word this week.
If you have a mentor in faith, reach out to them this week and say, “Thank you!” Make a list of who you can mentor in the faith. Reach out to them this week.
We encourage groups to try the Discovery Bible Method as an alternative to these discussion questions. You will find details for this Bible study method here. For this week, please study Matthew 16:13-20.
1. People may depend on wealth, intelligence, and relationships among other things. It is not wrong to have wealth, intelligence, or to love others, but these things are not to be the foundation of our lives.
2. See Luke 9:23. One of the hard parts about making Christ our foundation is giving up our own way. Believers may also face difficulty if their families are not yet Christ followers, and difficulty in social situations where Christianity is not a popular choice. Please let groups be a safe place to share the difficulties. Encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).