February 3rd – Football Sunday – Discussion Questions “All In & All Out”
We heard 3 stories from football players and their wives as well as short testimonies from players communicating how they are going “ALL OUT” because they are “ALL IN” for God. The first story was from Kirk Cousins.
The Eighth One – Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
- Read Proverbs 3:5-6. Kirk said that his father shared Proverbs 3:5-6 with him as he was going through a tough time in his life. Kirk made Proverbs 3:5-6 his life verse. Do you currently have a life verse or a favorite verse that God brings to mind often? Share your verse(s) and why you chose it/them with your group. If you don’t have a life verse, check out the list of suggestions found below.
- Read 1 Samuel 16:7 and Psalm 37:23. When Kirk looks back on things he sees that God is always faithful, He knows what He’s doing, and, no matter what it looks like, the Lord is ultimately guiding our lives. Can you look back on your life and remember specific times where you could really sense that God had a hand on your life? Share one of those times with the group.
As You Are Going – Case & Kimberly Keenum, Denver Broncos
- Case makes the statement, “I was not just a football player who happened to be a Christian. I was a Christian who happened to be a football player.” What are you most known for? Is it your career, your talents/abilities, your family, your wealth, or something else? Discuss what it would take to be known, first and foremost, as a Christian.
- Read Matthew 28:19. We are told to “go” and share the gospel. The Kennum’s had a goal that, no matter where they were, what they were doing, or what they were going through, they wanted to help point others to Jesus as they were going. They didn’t want to wait until they were on the outside of “it” to pour His love into people. What feelings does the thought of telling your story from the middle conjure up for you? How does the Keenum’s testimony challenge you in your current circumstances?
A New Heart – DeMario Davis, New Orleans Saints
- Read Ezekiel 36:26. God pursued DeMario and he started looking in the Bible. After reading Ezekiel 36:26, he prayed and asked God for a new heart. DeMario started to understand the gospel and eventually, DeMario believed in Jesus. Do you remember times when you sensed God pursuing you? Share with the group.
- Romans 5:8 and Hebrew 7:25. Have you begun your relationship with Jesus?
Discuss these 2 questions with your group:
- What would it take for you to go ALL OUT in your pursuit of God?
- What would it take for you to be ALL IN to the life He’s inviting you to live?
Definition of “Life Verse” (from the Dictionary of Christianese)
“A specific Bible verse that a Christian believes to be especially representative or predictive of his or her life. Many Christians regard their life verse as an inspirational motto or lifelong mission statement.”
A life verse can be a verse that God will use to encourage you during a difficult time in your life.
Here are some common life verses:
Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
1 Peter 5:7 ” Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Psalms 19:14 (KJV) Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 119:133 Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 17:22 (KJV) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Proverbs 18:10 (KJV) The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
Proverbs 29:19 (KJV) Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
John 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.