Main Idea: The world has the ability to press us into a mold, but God’s process transforms us into His image.
Introduction: Pastor Chris reminds us that any kind of pressure forces us into a mold, but that we have the opportunity to choose which image we will become.
Discussion Starter: There are a million different ways the world presses on us each day. We may experience pressure from those we work with, our social media feeds; or the pressure to bow to the idol of sports, politics, and popularity. Where are you feeling pressure from the world?
Primary Scriptures: Romans 12: 1-2, Isaiah 40:31, 2 Corinthians 3:18
- At the beginning of this week’s message, Pastor Chris asked us this question, “As you reflect on the last year, what do you see?” Take a few minutes and answer that question together.
- Read Romans 12:1-2 together. In scripture, we are reminded to not be conformed to the ways of this world, but instead, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Pastor Chris talked about all of the ways that the world can apply pressure. Are there areas in your life where you are feeling the pressure of the world? What steps can you take to soar and begin to reflect the image of God instead of the mold the world would like for us to follow?
- Isaiah 40:31 tells us, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” The Lord has the power to transform every area of our life if we will allow Him. Discuss with one another what area you would like for Him to transform in your life.
Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.
Read 2 Corinthians 3:18. Our theme verse for the year tells us that we are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory. Pastor Chris tells us that we can be transformed if we simply place our faith and life in the hands of our Creator. When you look ahead into 2022, do you see yourself being transformed? In what ways? Remember, we grow together and are designed to do life in community. What support do you think you will need in order to walk this out? Share with one another and then spend time praying together.