Mistaken Identity: Week 8
Small Group Conversation Guide
Small Groups at Lakeland exist to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission.
ICEBREAKER (optional): You are about to sail across the world. What would you name your boat?
Watch Pastor Josh’s Small Group Conversation Starter
DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message to share.
- This week’s message was all about avoiding spiritual land mines (isolation, pride, lack of character, hidden sin, twisted truths, and a non-teachable spirit). As you think about your own story, which of these landmines have you gained victory over? Which do you find yourself still hanging onto?
- Jesus says in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Jesus calls his disciples away from sin and landmines and into having a pure heart before Him! How does a heart become pure? Why is this so important?
- Read Romans 6:15-23 together. Paul uses the powerful illustration of slavery in these verses. What makes someone a slave? In your opinion, why does Paul use the idea of slavery in this passage?
- You live in one of two realities – you are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness. You cannot be both! Because of this truth, what questions do you wrestle with? What would God and His Word tell us about these questions? (Romans 6:5-7; Ephesians 4:1; Romans 8:1 could be helpful here)
- How can you tell if someone is a slave to sin or a slave to obedience?
- Besides eternal life, what benefits have you experienced in your life as a slave of righteousness?
- Reread verse 22. Paul writes that “the benefit [of being slaves to God] leads to holiness.” How are you maturing in holiness? Where would you like to see greater maturity in your life? (Another way to ask this: At Lakeland, we talk about being changed by Jesus. How is that happening in your life this week? Where would you like to see greater change or maturity in your life?)
- End with this: Today/tonight we started with Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” In the Mistaken Identity series, we have uncovered how God sees us as royalty, adopted, victors, and so much more. In all this, we get a glimpse of who He is and how much He loves us (and is FOR us!). Walk in your true identity!
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs. Pray for Pastor Josh as he launches into the “Master Your Money” teaching series next weekend.