Main Idea
To move from beginning with God to being close to God we need the Word of God to transform us.

Starter
What are the best and most challenging parts of beginning a new relationship?

Discuss
This series is shows us four phases people move through in their relationship with God:

Exploring God → Beginning with God → Close to God → God-Centered

This week we heard that once we believe in Christ and receive His grace to forgive our sins, our relationship is established and has the ability to grow roots. What do you do in your life that helps you grow in your relationship with God?

G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” Have you ever experienced a consistent time of growing through studying the Bible? If so, what helped you commit to that season? If not, what holds you back?

What does the Bible say?
Read Mark 4:16-17

Reflect on how you first felt when you began your relationship with God. What was one of the first major trials you experienced that challenged that relationship? How did you respond?

Read Romans 12:1-2

This passage makes it clear that there is no “neutral” position when it comes to being influenced by the world. What are the areas of your life that are being “conformed to the world”’ most easily and most frequently?

God desires heart transformation, not behavior modification. Share a time when changing your behavior wasn’t enough and you needed a change of heart.

Apply the message
Set a recurring appointment on your smartphone or planner to read the Bible. Ask someone to join you if it feels overwhelming.

Don’t know what to read? Start by reading the Gospel of John or download the YouVersion App for your device and use a ready-made plan to read, there are many options.

 

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