Mine 3: Community
Making your faith your own.
If you want a faith of your own, you can’t build it alone.
I N T R O D U C T I O N
Experiencing faith FOR yourself isn’t the same as experiencing faith BY yourself.
T E N S I O N
Whenever you hear a story about someone’s journey toward God, you always hear about a relationship—not just with God, but with another person.
To put it simply, the people around us affect our faith. Just like the right people can move our faith in the right direction, the wrong people can move our faith in the wrong direction.
Hang out with the wise and you’ll become smarter—and do life better. Hang out with fools, and you’ll get hurt.
Even though Jesus calls us to love everybody, we don’t have to hang out with everybody.
Stronger friends make us stronger. If you want a faith of your own, you can’t build it alone.
A P P L I C AT I O N
One of the best things you can do for your life and your faith this week is simply engage in small group. Show up . . . 1. Mentally. 2. For some one-on-one attention. 3. To encourage someone else.
L A N D I N G
As you head out today, I want you to think about the relationships that draw you closer to God.
Q1: Have you ever seen someone hanging out with people who do foolish things? If so, how do you think that impacts their behavior?
Q2: Who has had the biggest impact on your life, good or bad?
Q3: How can you benefit from an older, wiser person’s input in your life?
Q4: Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Do you feel like you have friends who are sharpening you and making you better?
Q5: How can you become more intentional about having the right kind of relationships?
Q6: How can this group sharpen each other and make each other better?
Try this: Reach out to someone older and wiser this week to have a conversation about how life with or without God is going.
Next at YX
Here is something coming up to talk about in group and invite your students:
Seniors: Senior Sessions is new this week with guest leader Dave Wilson speaking on dealing with conflict in relationships. Join us Room 105 Tuesdays at 4-5:30.