Life Group Study Guide: Loved what you heard on Sunday? Want to go deeper? The life group study guide will help you unpack what you heard on Sunday, while diving deeper into God's word.
- What specific comfort appeals to you the most? It could be a type of food, a pastime, a place, etc.
Read Matthew 16:24-28 (ESV)
- What is Jesus referring to when He tells His disciples to, “take up his cross and follow me?”
- How does Jesus’ message confront the idea that if I follow Jesus my life will be comfortable?
- Do you find yourself resistant to Jesus’ calling in this text? Why? What motivation does Jesus gives His disciples for doing something that we may not naturally be inclined to do?
- Where do you find it is hardest to deny yourself?
- How in the world can you lose your life, and yet somehow save it, as Jesus suggests?
- How does Jesus’ message in Matthew 16 contrast with the world’s message that you can live your best life today?
Make It Personal:
- What does “living your best life” look like to you?
- Why do you think we tend to chase comfort?
- What are some ways in which chasing a counterfeit comfort eliminates our need for faith? Have you ever seen that play out in your life? If so, how?
- Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-5. How does God’s comfort differ from counterfeit comfort?
- On Sunday, Pastor Jason made the point, “You cannot grow in faith and be comfortable at the same time.” How have you seen this play out in your own life?
- Jesus calls us to embrace a sense of divine discomfort. Do you find yourself being confronted with a divine discomfort? How are you learning to embrace this area of discomfort in your life?
- According to the scriptures, our life on earth is not our best life. How can we live today embracing that this is not our best life, and that the best is yet to come?
- On Sunday, Pastor Jason made the point, “Trying to fulfill an eternal longing with a temporary comfort will lead to an empty life.” How have you seen this to be true in your life?