Pre-Decide – One Word

(Message 4) Impulse buys, white lies, and fudged taxes… what do they have in common? They are often in-the-moment decisions that can seem helpful but are ultimately harmful or sinful. Join us as we look at one word that will help us put these in check and open opportunities to put God first. #GCPreDecide

One word that will change your life: sacrifice

 

When faced with opportunities,

I have pre-decided to be a person of sacrifice.

 

Sacrifice comes with a cost… but it’s always worth it!

 

A living sacrifice understands:

  1. Every interaction is an opportunity to add value
  2. Every resource is an opportunity to multiply
  3. Every prompting is an opportunity to obey God

 

Obedience is my responsibility. The result is God’s.

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Key Scripture:

Romans 12:1 (NLT)

1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

Romans 12:2 (NLT)

 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 

1 John 2:15-16 (NLT)

 15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Give an example of a time you thought you made a good decision, only to regret it later.

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Read Romans 12:1.  Paul urges us to offer ourselves as a “living” sacrifice.  What does this mean, and how should this look in your own life?
  • Clay said, “Sacrifice comes with a cost, but it’s always worth it!”  What emotions come to your mind when you hear that statement? 
  • A sacrifice is “anything consecrated and offered to God” and should not be easy or convenient.  What do you need to sacrifice in your life?
  • Clay gave 3 things that a living sacrifice understands: Every interaction is an opportunity to add value.  Every resource is an opportunity to multiply.  Every prompting is an opportunity to obey God. Read Luke 10:30-37 and explain how these 3 areas are reflected in the life of the Samaritan.
  • Read Romans 12:2.  What does Paul mean by “transform you into a new person”?  How do you know God’s will for you?
  • Read 1 John 2:15-16.  According to these verses, what is the pattern of this world?  Of the three elements of the pattern, which one do you struggle with the most?  Why do you think that is?
  • “Obedience is my responsibility.  The result is God’s.” Share with your group an area in which you need to be obedient this week and trust God with the result

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Identify one area of your life in which you can be obedient and be a living sacrifice.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Pray that God helps you to be transformed, and to learn to know His will for you.  Pray that He strengthens you in order that you may become a living sacrifice, surrendering your will to His.

Start digging. For further study.

Speaker

Clay Weed

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