The Norm Part 5: Study Guide

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Bottom Line

As you understand your story within God’s story, when you share your life you share God’s story. 

Study Verses

Romans 1:16-17, 2 Kings 7:3-9, 1 Peter 3:15-16

Key Points

  • People aren’t projects so don’t treat them as one.
  • Impact is about your life connecting with someone else’s. 
  • The Gospel isn’t a simple message – it’s a whole new way of thinking and living.
  • Your next step of faith is for the sake of the other steps that come after it.
  • Faith isn’t something you graduate from. God will never lead you into being independent of Him.
  • You never know how God is going to use you. We are called to plant seeds and trust God’s work.
  • People should look at our lives and wonder why we are hopeful.
  • When you share your life, you are sharing your story. 
  • God has you right where you are for a reason. 
  • You have the most influence, therefore you have the most impact. 

ENCOUNTER

  • What makes you hesitate in sharing the Gospel, as well as your story, with others? What fuels this apprehension?
  • What is the danger in viewing people as projects? How does having this viewpoint influence your approach, motives and actions with others?
  • Who had the most impact in your faith journey? How did this individual open your eyes to the freedom the Gospel provides?

FORMATION

  • Read Romans 1:16-17. How is the power of our story influenced by our willingness to take a step of faith? Why does our story require faith?
  • Read 2 Kings 7:3-9. How does the story of the four lepers speak to what we should do with the good news we’ve been given?
  • Read 1 Peter 3:15-16. How should the way we live our lives fuel curiosity in others? If someone were to ask you why do you have hope, how would you answer them?

EXPRESSION

  • When people look at your life, what do they see? How does this picture make you feel?
  • God has you right where you are for a reason. If this is true, how are you making an impact in the place where you are planted?
  • Who needs to hear your story? Who are you investing in? Why does this person come to mind?
  • How has your view of the Gospel changed or been strengthened during “The Norm” series? What was the greatest insight you received? What are you going to do with what you’ve learned over the past few weeks?
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