Week of 9/25/2016

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

SESSION 1: NOTHING

INTRODUCTION

What makes you happy? Something comes to mind for all of us. We all dream about a trouble-free life made possible by some thing: a job, house, car, spouse, child, family, or pile of money.

But what if what makes you happy isn’t a what at all. What if it’s a who?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about what makes you happy? Why do you think that comes to mind?

2. How would you define the word “happiness”? How do you think your definition has influenced the ways you’ve chosen to pursue happiness?

Read Matthew 22:35–40.

3. Respond to Jesus’ statement. Does it sound too easy? Why or why not?

4. During the message, it was said that sin separates us from ourselves, others, and God by enticing us to substitute things for relationships. In what ways does that definition challenge your assumptions about sin?

5. Are you at peace with yourself, others, and God? If not, what’s getting in the way of your peace in those relationships?

6. In what are you currently seeking happiness?

7. What is one thing you can do this week to turn your attention to Jesus as your source of happiness?

NEXT STEP

Happiness is about who, not what. Happy people are at peace with God, others, and themselves.

Since Jesus valued and prioritized peace with God, ourselves, and others, and since you want to be happy, your Next Step may be to begin a relationship with God by inviting him into your heart and beginning a new life in Him.

Sin undermines peace because it separates you from God, others, and yourself by substituting pleasure for fulfillment, things for people, images for intimacy, and self-expression for self-control. Your Next Step maybe to confess and repent of a sin you are holding on to. Remember Growing People Change.

CHANGING YOUR MIND

Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the rst and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and