DARING TO COMMIT
“Give yourselves completely to God – every part of you – for you have been brought back to life, and you want to be tools in the hands of God, used for his good purposes.” Romans 6:13 (LB)
Daring faith includes daring to commit – daring to give ourselves completely to God, as Romans 6:13 above says. This includes the five greatest, most important commitments in our lives: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and mission. To strengthen our faith, we must unite with others in worship. To discover our identity and purpose, we must connect with others for fellowship. To develop our potential, we must learn from others to grow (in discipleship). To experience significance, we must serve with others in ministry. To make an eternal difference, we must join with others on mission.
“We are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from Christ’s Body as a whole, not the other way around. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body.” Romans 12:4-5 (Mes)
- Read the verse above, and think about how different organs of the body only fulfill their purpose as parts of the whole. What does the verse say about how we get our meaning both as members of the church and as individuals.
“Christ brought us together through his death on the Cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility.” Ephesians 2:16 (Mes)
2. Before Christ’s death, Jews could kill Gentiles just for walking into the inner court of the temple. Read Ephesians 2:16 above and discuss in your group how this was changed through Christ. How did he bring Jews and Gentiles together?
“Now God had reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation… and the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NIV)
3. Read the verse above and discuss in your group where reconciliation is urgently needed around the world today. How about in your own lives? What specific steps can you take now to promote the message of reconciliation in your life?
“Christ’s Body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow.” Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)
4. What does Ephesians 4:16 above say about growth through relationship in Christ’s Body? Discuss why relationship in community or discipleship is necessary to grow in character traits such as love, forgiveness, loyalty, and compassion.
“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” Mark 8:35 (NLT)
5. In your life, explain a time when you were living for yourself and not for the benefit of others. What steps can you take to embrace what Mark 8:35 above states? Discuss in your group the challenges you may encounter living this way.
“Two people are always better than one, because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls, because no one is there to help. If two lie down together, they can share the same blanket and stay warm, but a person alone will not be warm. An enemy might defeat one person, but two people together can defend themselves. And a rope that is woven of three braids is hard to break.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NCV & LB)
6. It is a risk to confuse prominence with significance. As the verse above says, a rope woven in multiple braids is hard to break. Talk about how working together helps minimize your personal prominence and pushes your efforts towards significance. Where can you apply this concept of team work to further your mission and purpose?