Small Groups Weekly Bible Study – February 17

Small Group Weekly Bible Study

Breakthrough -3 “’All things are lawful,’ but not all things are helpful.  ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things build up.”

Theme:  Build habits into your life that lead to breakthrough.

Warm-Up Questions:  
When you were growing up, what’s a habit that your parents insisted on you developing? What can be the problem with the statement, “Practice makes perfect?”

Observation and Interpretation Questions:

Read Psalm 1

  1. What progression did you notice in who it is that will receive God’s blessing (verse 1)?
  2. How would you state the relationship between repetition and success (verses 2-3)?
  3. What was the Psalmist’s purpose in including this reference to chaff (verses 4-5)?
  4. How would you restate the reward mentioned for those who do well (verse 6)?

Read Psalm 15

  1. Which of the things listed here would be best to incorporate in your life (verses 1-5)?
  2. Why do you think David mentioned the specific things he did (verses 1-5)?

Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-14, 19-20

  1. What would you say is the main point Paul is trying to make (verses 12-14)?
  2. Why was the comparison between our bodies and the temple used (verse 19)?
  3. What point was Paul trying to make by saying we were bought with a price (verse 20)?

Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-27

  1. What do you think Paul meant by the phrase “all things to all men” (verse 19-23)?
  2. Why did Paul use the analogy of a race when addressing the Corinthians (verse 24)?
  3. What was the point of Paul’s talking about obtaining a crown (verse 25)?
  4. Would you say the way he treated his body was worthwhile (verse 26)?
  5. Would you tend to agree or disagree that Paul’s approach to discipline works (verse 27)?

Application Questions

  1. Is there a particular habit that you would like to develop in your life at the present?
  2. What “personalized grace-based fence” can you create to help make that happen?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give us the desire to live lives that celebrate what You have already done for us; tell us what we need to forsake and what habits we need to add.

Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives
this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.  

Going Deeper

Read Romans 12:1-21.

Why do you think Paul begins his exhortation to the Romans as he does (Romans 12:1)?

What effect do the two things stressed here have on making a breakthrough (Romans 12:2)?

Why is it so important to have an accurate assessment of ourselves (Romans 12:3-8)?

What is one thing from this list that Paul includes that you will work on (Romans 12:9-21)?

Tyler said that the habits that got you here won’t get you there.  Share an experience from your life that reflects a time when you repeatedly did the same thing, expecting different results.

Prayer: Father, give us the confidence to trust that You know what is best for us and that You will help us persevere in our quest for success in those new habits we choose to adopt.