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Lent 2019, Week 1

Lent is a 40-day period of time that leads up to the celebration of Easter. If you’re new to church or Christianity, Lent can sound a bit strange. But followers of Jesus have found incredible meaning in this season for over 1500 years. We think it is one of the best opportunities to explore your spiritual journey and pursue wholeness and healing in life. This year we’re journeying together through the book of Luke, looking at interactions Jesus had with others throughout his life. This week we look at a story that gives us insight into Jesus’ mission and understanding of God.

Title of Series: Lent 2019, Week 1 | March 10, 2019 | Click here for a printable version.

Key Passage: Luke 5:27-32

Discussion Questions

      1. What has been your experience with 12-step recovery groups, either personally or through friends and family? Describe your experience.
      1. Step 1  of the 12 steps says, ““I admitted I am powerless over my addiction—that my life had become unmanageable.” What does it take to admit that we are ‘powerless’ over something?
      1. What are situations or circumstances when you have felt powerful and in control? What are situations or circumstances when you have felt powerless?
      1. What do you think about the claim that we are all powerless over our sin – our thoughts, words and actions that separate us from God and hurt ourselves or others? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
      1. How does your sense of power or powerlessness affect the way you approach decisions or situations in life?
    1. How might it change how you face situations in life if you were totally surrendered to God and knew that you didn’t have to face those things alone?

Moving Forward

    • Are there any things in your life that you need to confess to God and ask for his help?
      • Community can be a way that God helps us face difficulties. Is there someone that you can go to and share the difficulties you face?
    • What are some practices or habits you might use to remember each day of your dependence on God?
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