Q1: What person, place, or purpose are you currently BLESSing? (See BLESS Acronym at the end of the questions)
When we place our faith and trust in Christ for salvation, Christ lives in us. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ takes up residence in our life. God himself, in the person of Christ, will be directly and personally present in our lives, and his presence assures us of a future life with him when he returns.
Colossians 1:27 – “For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in his glory.”
Q2: Some believe and teach that you are God or a god, and you must discover your divinity. What is the difference between that belief and the bible’s teaching that Christ lives in us?
Q3: How does the fact that Christ lives in us as believers give you help and hope?
Colossians 1:21-22 – “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,”
Q4: Romans 8:31-32 – “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
Q5: If we are on God’s side and God is for us, why do you think we still face problems and difficulties in this world?
We have been changed from the inside out. Colossians 1:22b – “in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him …”
2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Q6: How has Christ changed you from the inside out?
We have been released from every charge against us. Colossians 1:22c – “…and above reproach before him” Romans 8:1 – “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Q7: If there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, where does condemnation come from that might experience?
We have been firmly established into God’s family:
Colossians 1:23 – “if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.”
Ephesians 1:5 – “he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,”
Romans 8:15 – “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!””
Q8: What are some of the benefits of being part of God’s family?
We must be willing to suffer for Christ’s sake.
Colossians 1:24 – “ Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,”
1 Peter 4:1 – “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
Q9: How can someone rejoice in their sufferings?
We must be willing to serve others.
Colossians 1:25 – “God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you.”
Matthew 20:28 – “even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
We must be willing to help others to grow in their faith.
Colossians 1:29 – “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”
Colossians 2:1 – “For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face.
Q11: Have you ever struggled to help others grow in their faith as Paul describes?
Q12: Do these verses and this discussion help you have a better understanding of your identity in Christ?
We want our journey groups to be a place where people can live on mission together and experience community. Here are a couple of ways a group can be on mission together:
One Mission: The entire small group commits to going after the same mission. This can be a new idea originating from the group, or it can involve plugging into an existing ministry or program in the community.
Multiple Missions: Each member of the group has a specific mission they are following God in.
The group provides a place to celebrate individual stories, wrestle through questions and challenges and provide support and encouragement.
Take some time to allow the people in your group to share who they are currently blessing. Celebrate individual stories and work through questions and challenges while providing support and encouragement. Review the acronym BLESS, then share your stories of who you are currently blessing.
B - Begin with prayer: We will pray for the people or place to which we are sent.
L - Listen: We will listen to the people or place to which we are sent.
E - Eat: We will share meals with those to whom we are sent.
S - Serve: We will respond to the needs we discover among those to whom we are sent.
S - Story: We will share the story of Jesus and what he is doing in our lives with those to whom we are sent.
Q13: What person, place, or purpose are you currently BLESSing?