Breathing Room – Part 4 – Setting Moral Boundaries
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, November 3, 2019
Some lines you don’t cross. Others you stay far away from.
Life Group Study Guide
Scripture: Proverbs 4:20-27
We don’t often talk much about heroes anymore, at least not without the word ‘super’ in front of it 🙂 Who would you consider a hero? Who would you love to be more like? Why? Tell the group about it…
1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. What do you see as some of the more insidious moral issues of our day?
3. Read 1 Peter 1:14-16. In these verses, Peter reminds us that we have a choice to live to satisfy our own desires, or to live to please God. One young boy, when asked what God was like, said “God is always snooping around to see if anyone is having fun, and then he tries to stop it”. Does holiness sound attractive to you?
4. If holiness implies being totally separate from anything that spoils the image of God in us, what do you find inviting about the nature of God that you would want more of?
5. Read Proverbs 4:20-23. Why do we need to guard our hearts? How can we do it?
6. One of the best ways we can guard our hearts from temptation is to decide beforehand what kind of person we will be, and then filter life through those convictions. Pastor Greg mentioned three moral convictions we all would be wise to embrace:
INTEGRITY – “I will be the same person in every situation”
LOYALTY – “I will remain firm and consistent in my allegiance to the people and things that matter most”
COURAGE – “I will do what is right, not what is easy, beneficial or appealing”
What difference would a personal commitment to integrity, loyalty and courage make in your effort to build moral breathing room?
7. Read Proverbs 4:23-27. When it comes down to it, no one else can guard your heart. Either you will set up boundaries to protect it, or you risk moral failure. These verses urge us to watch what we say, watch where we look, watch where we go, and what the company that we keep (1 Cor 15:33). What are you doing currently to guard yourself from needless temptation? What could you do?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?
2 Timothy 2:22 tells us, “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts”. What does God want you to do to put this word into practice?