“One final encouragement – some of you feel stuck.. stuck in your anger… stuck in your worry… stuck in your fear… and in our counseling ministry we have seen different reasons for this – but one very common one is too much time fueling their idolatry and sin, and not enough time fueling their love and worship of Christ. So as you seek to grow, set your mind on things above. Fuel your faith and worship of Jesus. Or as we keep saying – look at Christ much more than you look at the coronavirus”
Open in Prayer
• Sing a song or songs about devotion to God or following God.
• Read Luke 9:23 and discuss different ways we can live for Jesus
Icebreaker Question: Name one thing you love to think about? (e.g. amusement park, favorite movie, hitting a homerun?)
Transition: “One of the things that helps us to live for Christ, is thinking about Jesus, so today we are going to look at how we can think Jesus so we can live for Jesus.”
• Colossians 3:2 — 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Key Idea: We should fuel our faith in Jesus by thinking of truth.
• To live for Christ, we need to think about truth.
• Illustration: Imagine in your heart there are two fires. One is the fire of your worship and faith in God, the other is the fire of your worship and faith to your idols. Fuel makes a fire grow. Which will you pour fuel on?
• If we pour fuel on our sin and idolatry, we will grow in our sin. If we pour fuel on our love and worship of Christ, we will grow in obedience, contentment and joy.
1. Why do you think Paul says to, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”?
2. When are you tempted to think of things of earth? (e.g. your sibling annoys you; you have to do homework; a friend does something unkind)
a. How would thinking about Jesus instead help change your heart?
3. What are 2-3 truths you can think through when someone does something you don’t like?
Spend time in prayer as a family
1. For people who are worried or fearful to set their mind on Christ (think often of Jesus).
2. For people to come to faith.
3. For people who lost their jobs.