Fresh Wind Week 3 – Discussion Guide
Main Idea: God will fill our sails with a fresh wind, but if we aren’t ready to heed the Holy Spirit’s beckoning, we’ll sail in circles.
Introduction: God loves His children and hates to see them suffer, however if we want revival, we must first align ourselves with the purpose He’s given us to follow His fresh wind.
Discussion Starter: Where will your allegiance be when God’s fresh wind fills your sails? Will you trust and allow Him to steer your ship? Or will you fight to control the wheel?
Primary Scriptures: Matthew 6:24, Luke 19:8-9, 2 Corinthians 9:7 and 10-15, Hebrews 13:16
- When God checks the temperature of our hearts, know that the thermometer reads everything, including our bank accounts. When we talk about generosity, your response will always reveal your heart! Who is your captain? Is God leading your ship, or is your ship divided? Are there some areas you allow God to lead and other areas where you seize control?
- Read Luke 19:8-9. God’s word says that Zacchaeus was given salvation, and that his generosity proved it…Giving reveals the nature of our hearts, and it’s not only about money. Understand that each time we give, whether it’s from our wallets or it’s wisdom in a moment of need, we become more and more like our heavenly Father. Discuss the implications of this scripture, and the power behind giving.
- For revival to rest upon us, we must surrender everything to God. Our problems. Our concerns for loved ones. Our anxieties, and our pains. God will fill the sails of the stuck, and the broken, but we must TRUST in Him to guide us afterward. So what’s holding you back from trusting in Him? Is something stopping you from believing that God will pull you through such difficult times? Read 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 as an encouraging reminder of God’s provision and our part in generously sharing that provision.
Discovery Bible Method: For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 18:18, 22-30 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.
Consider the things that lead your life. Is it sports, your job, your college classes, or maybe a relationship? Break into pairs and spend time in prayer with one another. Discuss together where you are struggling to feel the fresh wind of God in your lives, and declare the chain breaking truth over one another that God’s favor is upon you, and that His love for you is greater than anyone’s here on earth.
Engage the World Around Us
Engaging at Faith Promise: At FP, we stand united for God’s kingdom. He is our Father, our Friend, our Lord, and our greatest ally in every moment of need. His will for us is to be strengthened in our inner core until we’ve fully matured in Christ. Do you feel called to plug in to love and to live for God’s kingdom? Have you prayed for Him to reveal where to serve? At FP, we serve together to bring Real People with Real Problems, the Real love of Jesus Christ. Would you consider joining us?
Engaging in Our Community and the World: As believers, God calls us to walk in a world full of brokenness, yet to remain unstained. We all have areas where we need transformation. Some of us lack wisdom. Others might lack confidence. Maybe you’ve even bought into the lie that you’re just another nobody and that transformation is beyond your ability. Satan only planted that lie in your mind because the OPPOSITE is true. If you weren’t a threat, he wouldn’t target you. So where in your community do you see brokenness and a need for transformation? How can you be part of God’s redeeming work in your community?
Expand God’s Kingdom
Read Matthew 6:24. Think back to the Discussion Starter. Do you want God to bring refreshment into your life? When He does, will you let go of control? Will you finally bow to the greatest captain that was, is, and will ever be? Who can you share this with? Who can join you on your journey of surrender to God’s fresh wind?
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 the development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.