Week of: February 23, 2014
Sermon Series: Tying the Knot
Sermon title: Commitment
Welcome to our current series “Tying the Knot.” We are excited to dig into what the Bible has to say about relationships. It doesn’t matter if you are married or single, this series will have a lot to offer you. The Bible has a great deal to teach us about the various relationships we are in. Lets take some time to learn from one another and grow our personal relationships with Jesus. As always, you can listen to the past sermons here.
Please open in prayer.
To get to know one another, please answer the following questions for the group.
If your house was burning down, after your family and pets are safe, what three objects would you save?
If you were at a new friends house for dinner and you found a dead insect in your salad, what would you do?
In this series we have learned a great deal about the correlation between relationships and teams. There are numerous similarities between team building and relationship building.
Commitment, not compromise, leads to success.
In every relationship, decisions must be made. Once a decision is made, the next step is commitment to carrying it out. Just like in a game, you may not agree with the play or decision, but it is important to see it through. Be it failure or success, whatever the outcome, we can learn from and strengthen our team or relationship.
Please share an example from your life of a commitment you made and saw through. What was the outcome?
Please share an example from your life of a compromise you made. Does that compromise still come up from time to time?
A famous basketball coach named John Wooden used to say, “If you prepare properly, you may be outscored, but you will never lose. You always win when you make the full effort to do the best of which you’re capable.”
Do you have any thoughts on this statement? Please share.
Like teams, we need to buy into our relationships. We need to commit. Once you buy in, your commitment is evident in how you execute.
We have all had experiences with people that are not fully committed. Please share an example with the group of a person who was not committed.
Application of Commitment in your relationships:
If you are on the team it is because of a decision that you made. If you are in a relationship it is because of a decision that you made. When you make a decision with the team, be prepared and committed to see it through.
One way that a we can prepare is to have the conversations that need to be addressed. Sometimes the topics of these conversations can be embarrassing or awkward. Listed below are some topics of the awkward conversations that some of us need to have:
If you have an example of an awkward conversation that you have had that lead to a success please share it with your group.
If there is an awkward conversation that you need to have, commit to having it this week. Would anyone like to share about these conversations?
Try to commit to all of the decisions you make this week. If you have decided to eat a 2000 calorie diet, do it this week. If you decide to give your spouse a compliment every day this week, do that. Do your best to follow through on your commitments.
Application in your commitment as a Christian:
Please read Matthew 28: 16-20
These verses are often referred to as the “Great commission.” What is your understanding of this call?
Please read 1 Corinthians 3: 1-15
Only 2% of Bible believing evangelical Christians have ever made a disciple. If you are a Christian what are you doing to be an active disciple who makes disciples? Who are you discipling?
Please take prayer requests and close your group with prayer.