Our Savior's Church - Lafayette
Discussion Guide

Challenge of Change

Pastor Joseph Aranza
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March 10, 2024

Main Idea

The core of Pastor Joseph's message centered on the challenge and necessity of change in our Christian walk. He reminded us that change is not just an optional part of our faith journey but a fundamental aspect of it. By sharing personal anecdotes and biblical stories, he illustrated how encounters with Jesus compel us to change, letting go of our past and stepping into the new identity and life that God offers. The main idea was that change, although challenging, is the pathway to true transformation and a deeper relationship with Christ.

Scripture References

Mark 1:19-20, John 1:14, Philippians 4:19, Ephesians 4:32

What changes have you noticed in your life since your encounter with Jesus?

You don't need to understand God completely to obey Him immediately.

How does the story of James and John's immediate response to Jesus' call challenge your current walk with God?

Discussion Questions:

What are you holding onto that might be preventing you from experiencing the fullness of God's plan for your life?

How can we, as a community, support each other in the process of change and sanctification?

Discuss the importance of the Bible in our journey of becoming more like Jesus.

Until you let go of what is in your hand, God cannot give you what is in His.

Summary

Pastor Joseph shared with us about the transformative power of proximity to Jesus, using his own life and biblical narratives to illustrate change's inevitability when we truly encounter Christ. He emphasized the story of James and John, who left everything behind to follow Jesus, underscoring that real change requires letting go of the old to embrace the new. Pastor Joseph's message inspired us to examine what we might need to release to fully pursue the path God has for us, highlighting the journey of sanctification - becoming more like Jesus every day.

Call to Action

Some next steps to take this week:

Reflect on what you need to let go of in order to fully embrace what God has for you.

Commit to daily reading the Bible and allowing God's word to transform your thoughts and actions.

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