Main Idea: The world promises a + and never delivers, but Jesus promises and delivers on Life +.
Introduction: This week Pastor Chris talked about God’s favor as a force of Heaven in our lives, although some of us may look at our circumstances and are unable to see God at work in our lives and the world. However, if we can center our focus and faith on Jesus, we will see and experience the abundant life only Jesus can bring.
Discussion Starter: What is the last thing you put a lot of focus on, took a deep dive in, or obsessed about that you couldn’t wait to talk to people about? Gardening, camping, a video game, a sports team, a hobby, a new podcast, or a book series?
John 10:10, Psalm 90:17, 2 Corinthians 4:18, Luke 4:18-19, 2 Corinthians 5:7, James 2:14-20
- Read John 10:10 The thief (aka the Enemy) seeks only to steal, kill, and destroy. That can come in many forms: stealing your joy, killing your hope, destroying your focus, and many others. How do you recognize the work of the Enemy in your life and around you? Discuss ways you can combat the Enemy, return your focus, and increase your faith through the Life + available through Jesus.
- Favor is a force of Heaven at work in our lives. Discuss what is going right in your life and how God has given you His favor.
- This week Pastor Chris challenged us to focus on God, His Word, and the activity of the Holy Spirit around us by asking, “What does God want me to see?” What have you seen in the Bible or in your life that you know God wanted you to see? If you aren’t sure of anything, commit this week to read His Word and praying that He would open your eyes. Don’t be shy about asking God questions. Seek His answers in His Word and through prayer and meditation.
- Read James 2:14-20 This week Pastor Chris said that a problem with seeing God’s favor is our faith. What’s one thing you can do this week to express your faith through doing something?
Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.
What is one way you can encourage each other this week to keep your focus on God’s Kingdom and His favor?
Commit to praying for each other’s faith to increase this week. How will you let each other know you’re praying this week? Call, text, email, DM?
Commit to praying for each other’s faith and service to others to increase this week.