As You Go (Part 4): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

Results aren’t just WHAT we accomplish, but rather the WAY we accomplish it. 

Study Verses

Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 3:14-4:1,  Matthew 25:14-30

Key Points

  • Immeasurably more starts with His power at work within you. 
  • As believers, we carry the integrity of His image and the influence of His love.
  • Our expression can be someone else’s encounter.
  • Start with love. Love compels. Love fills.
  • Live in the reality that it is better to give than to receive. 
  • Influence has a responsibility.
  • Do the small things really, really well.
  • Making disciples is what happens outside the church “as we go.”
  • We connect when we are known. This is where influence finds its root.
  • God wants to do something in you before He wants to do something through you.
  • Influence begins within and moves outward.
  • Be a person who wants the best for others.

ENCOUNTER

  • Influence has a responsibility. What responsibility do we have for the influence we’ve been given?
  • Who was the first person to call out strengths or leadership abilities in you? How did they do it? In what ways did they believe in you before you believed in yourself?
  • What is the danger as a leader in solely focusing on the results and ignoring the way in which those results were accomplished?

FORMATION

  • Read Matthew 28:18-20. As believers, why should we be reminded that as we go about our day-to-day life we carry the integrity of His image and the influence of His love? How does this perspective elevate the calling we’ve received?
  • Read Ephesians 3:14-4:1. What does it mean that God is able to do “immeasurably more” through us than we might ask or think?
  • Read Matthew 25:14-30. What did Jesus want His disciples, as well as us, to learn about stewardship and influence from the Parable of the Talents?

EXPRESSION

  • How has your concept of influence changed or been confirmed as a result of the As You Go series? How can you put into practice what you’ve learned?
  • Where are you more focused on what people accomplish rather than who they are becoming? Why are results winning over relationships?
  • Think about the people you lead and who are in your sphere of influence. What could the people you lead become? Who needs to hear that you believe in them?
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