Level Up: Level Up You
Family Meal Discussion
Greeting + Meal
Take the first 45 minutes to gather into the home, share some food, listen to each other.
Transition from the dining table to a more relaxed area, like the living room, if possible.
This weeks story to share:
*Taken from 1 Thessalonians, Hebrews, Philippians, 1 Corinthians, and 1 Timothy.
Through out the Sermons and Letters of the New Testament, we our shown how we should continue to work at 'Leveling Up' ourselves in every area of life.
A letter to the Thessalonians shares how we are three parts; Spirit, Soul, and Body.
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5)
In Hebrews, a sermon shared among the early church, we are encouraged to encourage one another. Helping one anther 'Level Up'.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10)
Paul, in a letter to the churches in Philippi, shares how to receive and keep God's peace in your heart.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4)
In a letter shared with the Corinth church, we see how important taking care of our bodies are.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6)
Paul wrote to Timothy, encouraging him to not be distracted from taking care of himself; Spirit, Soul, and Body.
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4)
3 Areas You Can Level Up You:
- Level Up Your Spirit
a. Reading Your Bible
- Level Up Your Soul
a. Your Mind
b. Your Will
C. Your Emotions
- Level Up Your Body
Closing + Goodbyes
Ask if anyone has additional thoughts or questions about the story or points. Close with an appropriate prayer time based on the faith level of those there tonight.
DNA Group Discussion
DISCOVER (PRE-WORK) Before and while you read these passages ask the Spirit of God to illuminate your heart and mind and bring conviction and clarity of his truth for your life. Take some time during your own personal study to read through these four key questions:
1. Who is God (what does this passage tell me about God’s character)?
2. What Has God Done (how do I see God’s character in action here)?
3. Who Am I (How does God’s character and action shape how I see myself)?
4. What Do I Do (if I believe 1-3 how would I respond and relate to others)?
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians, Hebrews, Philippians, 1 Corinthians, and 1 Timothy
QUESTION: What did you DISCOVER during your study?
NURTURE Confess out loud to one another areas of personal struggle or unbelief that the Spirit revealed during your personal study.
In light of this week’s sermon, consider these questions together:
- In what ways will you Level Up your spirit this year?
- In what ways will you Level Up your soul this year?
- In what ways will you Level Up your body this year?
QUESTION: How will you REPENT and BELIEVE the gospel?
ACT In light of your time together, what steps will you take to act on your new discoveries and affirmed beliefs?
Consider these questions:
1. What is a tangible way that you can bear witness to the gospel in your school,
workplace or neighborhood this week?
2. How can you demonstrate God’s involvement in your life? How can you be more
aware of it and draw attention to it?
3. What does it look like to bear witness in the midst of adversity? What adversity are
you facing currently and how can you bear witness to God’s control?
4. Is there someone in your life that you think struggles with the secular narrative they
hear around them? Who are they and how can you bear witness to the greater reality of the transcendent God this week?
QUESTION: What will you DO and who will you TELL about what God has done?
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