Blueprint Questions Chapter 11 Pg197 – top of Pg210
- Do you or someone you know have a habit of holding on to things that have not been used in years just because they may be needed again in the future?(expand)
- Why do we hold on to things that we don’t use? Can you draw any parallels between the reasons we hang on to “things” and the reasons we hang on to experiences?
- How does hanging on to past experiences interfere with your relationship with others?
- How does hanging on to past experiences interfere with your relationship with God?
- How can hanging on to past experiences with God and others help us in the present and future?
- How can our knowledge and understanding interfere with our attempts to declutter our lives?
Pray, reflect and complete the next questions – if you are in a small group share as you feel comfortable.
God, uncover the things I need to address in my life.
Holy Spirit, help me let go of the past things that are interfering with my life.
Jesus, teach me to forgive and not let what has happened dominate my life.
- Is there any past clutter affecting the way you live (remember to let God search you and listen to His wisdom)?
- What are my anxious thoughts that are leading me to take action rather than rely on God (remember to let God search you and listen to His wisdom)?
- What previous experiences have caused a profound change in how I interact with others and God (remember to let God search you and listen to His wisdom)?
Note: digging this deep can be difficult and can bring up areas of pain and woundedness. Some of your past may be too much for you and your close Christ following friends to work through. There are Christian counselors that can help you navigate the past and walk you through the process of healing. God provides wisdom and often uses others with special giftings in areas of trauma to guide us as we face the past. Please seek out a Christian counselor if you are having trouble addressing your past.
Blueprint Questions Chapter 11 Pg210 – Pg217
- Is your church like almost every other church; old, outdated or broken sound equipment, VBS and Sunday School curriculums, library books etc. are stuffed in a storage area because they may be needed again someday?(expand and laugh, most churches struggle with cannotpartwithit-itis)
- Is there an open line of communication to your leadership and a system to respond to your concerns at your church? How does this work?
- What do you believe is the most important qualifications for leadership in the church?
- What programs/renters use your church but have no connection to disciple making/Christian growth?
- Are you comfortable asking yourself “why do I do what I do as a Christ follower and why do I do it that way?” Why?
- Is your church comfortable asking “why do we do what we do as a collective of Christ followers and why do we do it that way?” Why?
- Come up with some areas in your life and church and answer this question “why do I/we do what I/we do as a Christ follower/collective of Christ followers and why do I/we do it that way?”
Pray and reflect – if you are in a small group share as you feel comfortable.
God, help me and my church do everything to bring you glory.
Holy Spirit, reveal why I/we do what I/we do as a Christ follower/collective of Christ followers and why do I/we do it that way? Help me/us change or embrace based on God’s plan for me/us.
Jesus, forgive me for just doing things because that is what I have always done. Renew my passion for you and open my ears to hear your call.