Main Idea: Live well so you can finish well.
Introduction: This week as we celebrated Pastor Chris’s 25 years as pastor of Faith Promise, his mentor, John Maxwell, preached on how to live well so we can finish well. Many of the tips he shared are from Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.
Discussion Starter: What do you think it means to “finish well”? Have you known anyone you consider to have finished this life well?
Primary Scriptures: Luke 6:46-49, Acts 20:22-24
- Living well tip #1: Define success. What does it mean to live well and finish well? John Maxwell defined success as “those closest to me love and respect me the most.” Do you agree or disagree with this definition? Why? How do you see this success in the life of Jesus and His relationship with His disciples?
- Living well tip #2: Have a firm foundation. Read Luke 6:46-49. How do we know what our foundation is? Think of a time when your foundation was tested. How did it hold up? Did the time of testing result in any changes?
- Living well tip #3: Get over yourself. Read Acts 20:22-24. Read verse 24 again. How did Paul get to this point? Have you known anyone who had this sort of passion and lack of regard for self? Or are you yourself one of those people? How do we get there?
Discovery Bible Method: For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 6:46-49 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Living well tip #4: Practice gratitude. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Spend some time together in prayer and gratitude.