“The Heart of Making Space” – audio sermon and study guide

08 Jan

Wordserve Logo_COLORWordServe Church Study Guide for Jan 11, 2015

Getting Started

–  As you reflect on Sunday’s message, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp?

– What does “the heart” mean to you?

Digging Deeper

Read Matthew 15:1-20

– How many examples of the Pharisee’s hypocrisy can you name?

– Is this hypocrisy tied to the Pharisee’s hearts? Explain your thoughts:

– What contributed to the Pharisee’s hearts being “far from God?” (See verses 8, 9 for starters)

– Do you agree or disagree that what we say comes out of our hearts? (v 18) Explain your position.

– Jesus says evil thoughts come from the heart (v 19). Can we change that? If so, how?

Read Proverbs 4:20-23

– What does the writer mean that “springs of life” (or “wellspring of life”) flow from the heart?

– How should we guard our hearts?

Taking It Home

– Describe a time when you noticed a change in your heart (for the better). What caused it?

— What kinds of things were you thinking about/doing?

— Are there common circumstances in your group?

— What can you learn from this shared experience?

– What kinds of things can we do today to guard our hearts?

– What will you commit to doing in 2015 to create a “healthy heart?”


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