The Best Question Ever Wk 3

Series Big Idea

One Question That Changes Everything.  What is the wise thing to do?

Teaching Big Idea

Guardrails protect me from the harmful route and direct me to the wise way out.

 

BEGIN IN PRAYER

Begin this session in prayer. Consider asking for humility in the face of God’s teachings. Pray for wisdom.

 

TALK IT OVER

Ice Breaker

  • Talk about the standards of behavior you see around you.
  • Do you notice “guardrails”?  Explain.

 

DIG IN

Scripture

 

Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit…Ephesians 5:15-18 (NIV)

 

Observation & Interpretation

 

“Debauchery” used in this passage has the sense of too much/overindulgence that leads to a loss of control.  It is connected with vs. 17 and living as unwise and foolishly.

Read and discuss:

    1. What does the author think leads to debauchery, “wine” or “drunk”?
    2. As a group create a statement of principle from this passage which could become a guardrail for you.
    3. Discuss how it could be applied where you live, work or play.

 

Scripture

 

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!  No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And god is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  1Corinthians 10:12-13 (NIV)

 

Observation & Interpretation

 

  1. Discuss how “standing firm”, “fall” and “temptation are connected in the above passage.
  2. Discuss how temptation is common to mankind.
  3. If God provides a “way out” how will you see it.    

 

Four areas of life to Guard

    Relationships/Priorities/Character/Influence

    Identify one area that needs a guardrail.  Take a few minutes to craft a guardrail statement to address this.

 

    Pray for wisdom to build guardrails!