Two Pockets Part 3: Study Guide

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Bottom Line

Bouncing back is a godly mindset.

Study Verses

Philippians 3:12-14, Psalm 103:8-12, Isaiah 43:25, Jeremiah 31:31-34

Key Points

  • Success is a pile of failure: you’re just standing on top of it and not underneath it.
  • We have the spiritual “yips.”
  • Our entire lives can be controlled and destroyed by small little windows of time where we made a bad decision.
  • We are a people who are so hung up on the mistakes we’ve made.
  • When a mistake gets in our mind, instead of moving past it and forward, we stall.
  • Difficulty and struggles should be used as a pushing point to make much of God.
  • You should continually and completely forget your past.
  • God has forgotten. Why are you hanging on to it?
  • We like to erect trophies that should’ve been gravestones.
  • If you keep wallowing in all of your mistakes, you’ve created theology that believes God doesn’t forgive you.
  • Who in our culture wants to follow a God like that?
  • You won’t find the full life that Jesus promises you by looking behind you.
  • How determined are you to live life to the fullest?
  • Our direction in life is to make much of the One who gave His life for us.


  • You are slowly losing your memory. After an examination, the doctor says that an operation on your brain might reverse your condition and restore your memory. However, the surgery would be so delicate that a nerve might be severed, causing total blindness. What would you rather have: your sight or your memory? What makes you answer in the way that you do?
  • Golfers spend most of the 300 minutes of a normal round of golf by themselves, between shots, when most of the time things aren’t going according to plan. How does this correlate to your life and your regrets? Explain your answer.
  • How difficult is it for you to bounce back from a mistake, failure, or a foolish choice? How does your ability or inability to bounce back quickly coincide with the degree of failure?


  • Read Philippians 3:12-14. The word “forgetting” in this passage means not just forgetting, but “completely” forgetting and “continually” forgetting. Also, it is important to notice that the forgetting is initiated by the runner. How do you work this out in your heart and mind?
  • Almost all of us can identify a future situation that we know we will be in at some point. What would you want to say to yourself and how would you want to say it? How does your “inner coach” match up to what Paul implies in Philippians 3:13-14?
  • Read Psalm 103:8-12, Isaiah 43:25, Jeremiah 31:31-34. If God remembers our sins no more, why do we often wallow in our past?


  • Stuart quoted Dave Ramsey when he said that “Success is a pile of failure: you’re just standing on top of it and not underneath it.” How does this idea connect with living from Two Pockets? Discuss your perspective.
  • Let’s pretend that you have a friend that is going through the same situation that you are struggling with. What advice would you give them? Give that advice out loud to your group.
  • Those who have grit possess determination and direction. Where are your eyes set: forward or behind you? How determined are you to live life to the fullest?
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