The Power of Habits

by Dec 30, 2018Sermon, The Power of Habits

There is no shortage of resources claiming to help us live full lives. Yet, despite the easy access of self-help information, how many of us would honestly describe our lives as full? Why doesn’t information automatically translate into transformation? This weekend, we’ll begin a discussion on how God uses the power of our habits to redirect our lives in the direction of true fullness.

Discussion Questions

What does “abundant life” mean to you? What is your vision of abundant life?

Take time to carefully read Matthew chapters 5-7. Where does your vision of abundant life match up with Jesus’ vision briefly outlined in the Sermon on the Mount? In what ways are they different? In what ways are they the same?

Are there any habits Jesus outlines that seem difficult, impossible, or even the opposite of your best interest?

Have you ever made a decision you thought was in your best interest in the moment but had long term consequences that weren’t in your best interest?

Did you ever repeat that same decision, knowing what happened in the past? Why?

What are the things that you do routinely? Get feedback from friends and trusted people in your life. They may have unique insights on habits you’re not aware you do.

Which of these habits would you say lead to abundant life? Which of these habits would you say don’t lead to abundant life?

What’s a habit you would like to replace? What will you be replacing it with?

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