1. For nearly all of us we are where we are today in our Faith Journey because of other people in our lives that cared enough to share with us the gospel message. Briefly share with you group some of your story and who it was that did this for you.
2. Take a minute and think about where you might be today if these people hadn’t cared for you enough or hadn’t been brave enough to reach out to you. Share with your group what thoughts come to your mind.
3. When you think about the “G.F.O.” conversation that we have been having for the past several weeks, has this had an impact on the way that you process your priorities? How do you see each of these three being intertwined together?
4. I shared a Francis Chan quote this week. “Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things that don’t really matter.” What do you think about this quote? How does it challenge you?
5. Read Matthew 5:14-16. What do these verses say about what God expects us to be doing? What does “hiding your light under a basket” mean? How do you most often do this? This verse says that our lives and our good deeds are what will be noticed by the world around us. How do our “deeds” communicate? Do your deeds communicate God’s love well?
6. Read Mark 2:1-12. This is an incredible story of 4 “G.F.O. Minded Guys”. This week I talked about a “Shouldering Faith”. There are several things about living this way that we need to understand:
- That there are NEEDS all AROUND us.
- Our CONFIDENCE must be in JESUS!
- ACTION must be TAKEN.
- To EXPECT OBSTACLES.
- EXCUSES fuel FAILURE.
- CREATIVITY will be REQUIRED.
- The RESULTS are up to GOD.
When you reflect back over these points which of them challenged you the most? Why? As you review the list share from your perspective why they are each so important to understand / remember?
7. What are the excuses that are most often used to justify a lack of “O” focus in the lives of the people that we know? How about in your life personally? What do you think are the primary reasons that we use these excuses?
8. I also shared another quote this week, “We need to stop giving people excuses not to believe in God. You’ve probably heard the expression ‘I believe in God, just not organized religion’. I don’t think people would say that if the church truly lived like we are called to live.” How does this apply to the importance of our G.F.O. series?
9. Share with your group the name of one of the people that God has been putting on your heart to reach out to. Why is it so important that we have this “O” focus as individuals, as families and as a church? What kind of an impact can you see us having if this focus was prioritized as it should be in each of our lives?
10. Share with your group any prayer requests that you might have. Take some time to also pray that this week we would all be reminded to pray and reach out to the people that God has been putting on our hearts. Pray for to do some incredible things this Easter week for Plum Creek and also for the other churches in our valley.