Community Group Discussion Questions

April 15th 2018: TRAP OR TREAT

Opening

  • Share one positive thing about your week and one negative thing.
  • What is something good in your life that needs restriction for it to stay a good thing?

Discussion

  • If you were the parent of a teenager, would you want them to live by your principles regarding sex – why or why not?
  • Would you want your spouse or significant other (future or current) to have followed your principles on sex– why or why not?
  • Read Proverbs 7:6-27.
  • Last week we learned that the person in charge of our sexual life is who is in charge of our entire life. Does this change how you view and respond to sexual temptation?
  • A con-artist can make a rip-off sound like a deal. When we are tempted sexually, how do we know we are dealing with a “rip-off” or lie?
  • Ryan spoke about four factors (where, when, what, and who) in being vulnerable to temptation. Is there one you struggle most with? What can you do to minimize temptation in those places?
  • God has put boundaries around our sex life. What would be some examples of the pain he is keeping us from with these boundaries?
  • Who are some of the people in the Bible who followed God’s teaching on sexual purity and who did not?  What were the outcomes of each?
  • If we have violated our own principals and sinned sexually, how can we approach God on this?
  • Why do we have better intimacy, joy, purity, wholeness, and connection with God when we follow his principles of sexual purity?

Application

  • Sexual temptation always overpromises and underdelivers. If you’re willing to share, how have you seen this true in your own life? Are there some biblical examples of this?
  • What biblical truths we can rely on so we don’t believe the promises of sexual temptation?
  • What are some boundaries we can set in our lives that will protect us from stumbling in temptation?
  • In closing, discuss the hope we have because of Jesus and how all-covering his grace is.

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April 8th 2018: State of the Heart Sex

 Opening

  • Who first taught you about sex?
  • When you hear “sex” and “church” in the same sentence, what is your initial thought?

Discussion

  • As Eric asked during the sermon, “Who gets to tell you what you can and can’t do or think or believe or behave?”
  • When you are “on the throne” of your life, how do you act?
  • Describe a time in your life when you were self-centered and it hurt someone you love?
  • God created us and knows us better than we do ourselves. Can you think of an example in your life where following his leading worked out better for you than what you wanted to do in your own humanness?
  • How do you completely trust God in important areas of your life, such as your sexual desires?
  • What does God say and what examples does he give about the boundary between thoughts (temptation) and action, in relation to stopping short of sin?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 6:12. What are some rights we have that are not beneficial for us?
  • Read Proverbs 4:23. How does the idea that you should guard your heart like a prison, not a treasure, change the way you go about guarding your heart?
  • How have you seen sin struggle originate in the heart? In what ways can God change your heart?

 Application

  • What are some ways you can take back control of the way you let the world interpret sex for you?
  • In Matthew 19:16-22, the rich man calls Jesus “teacher” but is saddened when he hears about what it will cost him to follow Jesus. Where in our lives do we call Jesus teacher, but stop short of making him Lord (doing what he tells us)?
  • Nothing good grows in the dark. Think about some areas you can bring into the light to experience true freedom.
  • What are some practical ways you can guard your heart as Proverbs 4:23 instructs us to do?

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