Live Well So You Can Finish Well – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

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?

Encounter God

Primary Scriptures:  Luke 6:46-49, Acts 20:22-24

Discussion Questions:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.

Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.

Living well tip #4: Practice gratitude. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Spend some time together in prayer and gratitude.

Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: If Jesus is to be our firm foundation then we need to know who He is! We can know Him better by reading God’s word. Join us in our Faith Promise Bible reading plan:

Engaging in Our Community and the World:  It’s Back to School time! One way to “get over yourself” is to take care of someone else. Schools and teachers can always use more tissues, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and dry erase markers. Add a few items to your grocery cart, and drop off at your local school. To find out more about which schools your campus sponsors, contact Lisa Cole at [email protected].

Expand God’s Kingdom

Living well and finishing well is not a solo endeavor. We need God’s help, and God can use us in turn to help others. Who are you mentoring and coaching? Who is mentoring and coaching you?

Leader’s Notes

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.