Snooze (Part 1): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

If you want to change your behavior, change what you see.

Study Verses

Matthew 26:36-41, 1 Peter 5:8, John 7:38

Key Points

  • There are things you need to do differently that you want to avoid. 
  • Temptation is the exchange of one promise for another.
  • Temptation appeals to what you want without consideration of how you are made and who you are becoming.
  • Change is always scary, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t needed.
  • What you do emerges from who you are. 
  • There’s a reason why you get stuck or remain stuck. Someone (the enemy) is trying to undermine you every step of the way. 
  • Sometimes the enemy isn’t tempting you to do bad things, but rather tempting you to do your own thing. 
  • An encounter starts with what you see.
  • Hitting the snooze button doesn’t change the reality of the world we want to escape or avoid.
  • All of us are becoming something. The question is whether we are doing it intentionally.

ENCOUNTER

  • What is your relationship with the snooze button? Is it part of your normal wake-up routine or do you never use it?
  • What are some emotions or thoughts that cause us to hit the snooze button and avoid addressing issues that need to be faced?
  • What happens to your mindset and perspective when you focus on a “To Be” list instead of a “To Do” list? How often do you give consideration to the person you are becoming?
  • If you want to change your behavior, change what you see. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? How does what we see influence who we are becoming?

FORMATION

  • Read Matthew 26:36-39. Where was Jesus’ humanity displayed in this passage? How did Jesus wrestle with laying down His desires for God’s purposes? In what ways should we imitate His actions in our own lives?
  • Read Matthew 26:40-41. How does our willingness to pay attention and being intentional about where we set our eyes help in our battle with temptation?
  • Read 1 Peter 5:8.  How should you react when the change and transformation you hope for is met with resistance?
  • Read John 7:38. Do you believe this description can be true of your life and your walk with Christ? Why or why not? What makes you answer in the way that you do?

EXPRESSION

  • In terms of taking action and living out your faith, where do you find yourself hitting the snooze button? What are you trying to avoid? Why are you trying to avoid it?
  • What is one of your temptations? Where do you find yourself most often getting stuck, distracted or thrown off course? Why does this trip you up?
  • Who do you want to become in 2018? Why do you want to be that type of person? How are you going to make these hopes of change a reality?
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