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1. Hate what God hates.

  • Psalm 139:19-24
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. Part of what God is doing in our lives is conforming us into His image and character. 
    • 2. As we become more like Christ, we are called both to love what he loves and hate what he hates. 
    • 3. David, as a servant and warrior for God, was called to wage war against pagan nations. He took a stance against evil in order to protect and serve God’s people. 
  • Question for reflection: Think back about the habits and hobbies you enjoyed before coming to faith in Jesus. What sort of old patterns and lifestyle practices cause you to cringe as you recall them? How has your heart changed about those things? 

2. Be searched and tried.

  • Proverbs 6:16-19
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. David’s prayer was simple. “Lord, I want to be searched and tried.” 
    • 2. David could have very easily blamed the wicked culture of his day without ever asking God to search his own sinful heart. 
    • 3. “The old saying goes, we must love the sinner and hate the sin, but Jesus demands us to love the sinner and hate our sins.”
  • Question for reflection: Have you ever asked God to search and try your heart and your anxieties? What’s preventing you from praying this way? 

3. Be led in the way everlasting.

  • Psalm 26:1-3, Psalm 5:8, Romans 8:14
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. Everyone is following something. As followers of Jesus, we know His way is the only one that promises everlasting life.
    • 2. Because we’re all in process, you can love Jesus and still be led by other influences. 
    • 3. The everlasting path is God’s plan for your life now and forever. 
  • Question for reflection: What is currently leading you? Your job, desires, worries, and anxieties? What needs to change in your life right now in order for you to be led into Jesus’ everlasting path? 

Optional Follow-up Questions:

  • What makes you say that?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • How would you explain your answer to a non-Christian friend or neighbor?
  • Why did God design it to work that way? Why not just do (whatever else) instead?
  • What would you say to someone who disagrees with that?
  • Why do we really have to do it like that? Why can’t we just go (some other route) instead?