Outside The Box (Part 2): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

Do what you can with what you have where you are. 

Study Verses

2 Peter 1:1-10, Exodus 4:1-17, 2 Timothy 1:6-14, Micah 6:8

Key Points

  • Shift your lens towards your strengths.
  • We err on the side of comfort rather than erring on the side of action.
  • The culture of comparison is rising up in our generation.
  • Christians have become very good at telling the world what their convictions are, but doing nothing about them.
  • Be observant around you, keep your lens in front of you, and respond to a need.
  • We are so scared to make a mistake that we do nothing. We fail to realize that in doing nothing we’ve made a mistake.
  • You’ve been given everything you need to be a light in this world. 
  • Lay down your insecurities, lay down your fear of failure, lay down your fear of making mistakes, and work out what is already in you. 
  • Stop overcomplicating everything and take your first step.
  • Christ meets us where we are so we can in turn meet others where they are.

ENCOUNTER

  • What insight did you gain from taking the spiritual gifts assessment? What were your greatest strengths? What results surprised you the most?
  • What do you tend to focus on: your strengths or your weaknesses? Why does your attention tend to drift in this direction? What does it look like to shift your lens towards your strengths?
  • What lies do fear, insecurity, and comparison want us to believe in? How does fear bring the focus off of others and onto ourselves?

FORMATION

  • Read Exodus 4:1-17. What was preventing Moses from living “outside the box” and taking a step of faith? When it came to the situation at hand, what was Moses focusing on? How did God respond to Moses’s protests?
  • Read 2 Peter 1:1-10. God has given you everything you need to go out and be a light to this world. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What makes you answer in the way that you do?
  • Read 2 Timothy 1:6-14. According to this passage, what spirit has God placed within us? How should this influence the way we respond to fear?
  • Read Micah 6:8. How do we overcomplicate God’s will for our lives? What is God asking each one of us to do?

EXPRESSION

  • What tends to be the excuses you use to explain your fears or justify your inactivity? What truth needs to replace these fears?
  • Go back to the spiritual gifts survey. How are you currently using your greatest strength? What is one weakness (low score) that you need to work on and exercise more?
  • What are the needs around you? What is one step you can take to further use this gift to make an impact and serve others?
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