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Life Group Guide - 03.11.19

 

For the week of March 3-9

Blueprints - The Ministry of Confrontation  

Scripture This Week:

Titus 1:10-16 (NIV)
10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

 

Main Thought This Week:

Confrontation can be a challenging subject, but it is an important topic in God's word. Jesus is protective of His family, which is why Scripture is so strong on this point.

This passage tells us:
1) We must confront those who are divisive (1:10-11). The church is of great importance to God as the Bride of Christ, so we must care for and protect her.

2) We must confront those who are deceived. (1:12-14) Who they are is clear, and what they believe must be confronted. We must love people enough to confront their error.

3) We must confront those who are defiled (1:15-16). When false beliefs take hold, they affect the entirety of a person. We must lead them to the One who can free them. We do this in love to bring about healing and sound faith.

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What stood out to you from this week's message?
  2. Do you consider yourself to be a confrontational person? In what situations are you more or less confrontational?
  3. We've most likely all experienced confrontation going poorly. Have you experienced confrontation done well? If so, and if appropriate, describe this situation.
  4. From this discussion, what is a practical takeaway that you'd like to apply towards future confrontation?
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