Monday, March 19, 2012

WEiRD 02: WEiRD Is Better Follow Up

Talking through the message during the week helps you turn what God is saying to you into action steps. These talking points, questions, and scriptures are designed to help you take the next step. 

• Who is someone that you would describe as being weird in a God way? What have you learned from them being weird?

Read Psalm 69:9-12.
In this Psalm, David describes being insulted and ridiculed for being different for his faith in God.
  • In what ways have you been insulted or made fun of because of your faith in Christ?
  • How do you typically respond when people insult you because of your faith? How can you draw strength and encouragement from these situations?

    Read 1 Samuel 15:24-25, John 15:18-20 and Matthew 5:10-12.
    These passages show us two barriers on the road to being weird: the need to please and criticism.
  • How consumed are you with what people think about you? How has that influenced your actions?
  • Why is it so important that we not become obsessed with what others think about us?
  • How can being criticized for your faith be good for your relationship with Christ?
  • Who is someone you admire for handling criticism for their faith? What did you learn from this person?

    Read 1 Thessalonians 2:4 and Proverbs 29:25.
    These verses show us that we can’t please everyone, but we can please God.
  • What are some of the blessings you have experienced as a result of your pleasing God?
  • What are some things you can do this week to help you focus more on pleasing God instead of others?
next steps

Talk It Over with God:
• Thank God for making you weird in His own unique way. Tell Him how that has impacted your life.
• Ask God to help you overcome any criticism you are facing because of your faith.
• Confess to God those areas of life where you are consumed with what others think about you.
• Commit to God that you will strive to please Him and not others in all areas of your life.
• Ask God to help you remove all barriers that are keeping you from becoming weird in a God way.

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