Week of 1/21/2018

I Quit

Session 3  - I quit making Excuses  

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 have to answer every question. Pick out those questions that will stir up conversation and action among your group.  

• What are some of the most common excuses you make?  

Read Luke 14:15-24.  Jesus tells the parable of the great banquet in this passage.  

What do you think about with the excuses that were given by the guests in this passage? Can you identify with any of them?  

Why do you think excuses are so easy for us to make?  

What things about your life do you think God wants to be different? How will these changes draw you closer to God?  

What are some of the dangers of continually making excuses when it comes to doing the things God desires you to do?  

Read Exodus 4:10-12 and 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. These verses show us how to make excuses history.  

What next steps do you need to take to help you quit making excuses?  

Which of those steps are things you cannot do without God’s grace? In what ways do need to trust God to do what you cannot do?  

How would your life be different if you stopped making excuses and started obeying God?  

What are some of the things holding you back from totally relying on God in every area of life?  

To become the person God created you to be, what do you need to start doing? What do you need to stop doing?  

Next Steps  

Here are some specific things you can do this week that will help you quit making excuses and start obeying God:

•  One of the most important ways you can quit making excuses is to totally rely on God and trust Him to do what you cannot do. There are several passages of scripture that encourage us to put our trust in God and discuss God’s ability to do all things. 

Let God’s word encourage and empower you to trust Him this week by reading Job 42:2, Jeremiah 32:17, Luke 10:27-29, Isaiah 43:18-19 and John 15:5-8.  

  • Make a list of things you know you can do and the things that you cannot do. Take your list and pray over it. Ask God to help you with the things you cannot do and commit to placing your full trust in Him. Keep your list in a place where you can refer to it often and update it when God comes through for you and helps you accomplish those things you could not do.