I Believe in You
Talking through the message during the week helps you turn what God is saying to you into action steps. These talking points, questions and scriptures are designed to help you take the next step. If you are leading a group through this guide, don’t feel like you must answer every question. Pick out those questions that will stir up conversation and action among your group.
* Who is someone that believed in you and encouraged you while you were growing up? How did their belief in you shape you into who you are today?
Read Mark 1:9-20.
This passage shows God’s approval of His son Jesus and offers us a great example of mentorship as Jesus called 12 unlikely men to become His disciples and do life together with Him.
* What things can you learn about influencing others by the example Christ gave us in the way He called His disciples and in how He interacted with others?
* Describe a time when someone took a chance on you. How did you grow from that opportunity?
* Who are some of the people that are currently influencing you in a positive way? How is their influence impacting your life?
* Why do think this generation struggles so much with such temptations as a sense of entitlement and arrogance towards the truth?
* Read 1 Timothy 4:9-16 and 1 Peter 2:9-10. These passages empower us to influence and impact others for Christ no matter what our age is because even young believers are the church.
* Who is someone that you are currently influencing or mentoring? What does that relationship look like?
* What are some of the things holding you back from being the type of example God desires you to be? How will you overcome these things?
* What individual or group of people is God calling you to influence in a positive way? What next step do you need to take to carry out that calling?
* Here are some specific things you can do this week that will help you become the type of positive influence on others that God has called you to be:
* Identify the person or people that you feel God has called you to influence. Take your next step in beginning that process. For example, if you feel called to influence teenagers, consider volunteering with our church youth ministry as your first step. If you feel called to influence young adults, consider leading a LifeGroup.
* One of the most important ways you can prepare yourself to expand your influence towards others is ensure you are being a positive influence in your most important relationships. This week examine those relationships with such people as your spouse, children, family, friends and co-workers and see where you can improve your influence in these relationships.