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1. You need to sign on the dotted line.

  • Nehemiah 10:1-27, Proverbs 16:3
  • Leader Notes
    • God invites us into the abundant life. And this invitation goes out to everybody. 
    • The only people who get to experience who the Lord is are the people who sign on the dotted line and say “God, I want in” —committing our life to him from here forward.
    • We all need to make a decision to follow Jesus and make a daily decision to keep following him.
  • Where am I struggling to sign on the dotted line and commit to God’s best?

2. Let your life be different.

  • Nehemiah 10:28-39, Romans 12:1-2
  • Leader Notes
    • It’s one thing to sign on the dotted line, but when we do, it means we are letting God reach in and transform our life. 
    • Things like our relationships, our Sabbath, our generosity, etc. all look different after we start following Jesus. 
    • We need to order the rest of our life around following Jesus, presenting our life as a living sacrifice to the Lord.
    • In a world that is anxiety-laden, God’s people should live lives that draw people into a different way of living. A safe place of grace where people can flee the carnage and calamity of the world to a place of peace and care, grace and kindness.
    • God accepts us where we are and loves us way too much to just leave us like we are when we meet him. 
  • What are the areas of my life that Jesus desires to transform?

3. Dwell with the people of God.

  • Nehemiah 11:1-12:26, Hebrews 10:24-25
  • Leader Notes
    • God used the people of God to help us stay on track and grow, to stir up good works in our life.
    • When God invites us to be part of his family, it is an individual salvation that opens up into a communal relationship.
    • The Church is designed to bring people from all different backgrounds and races together, and as we are together at the foot of the cross we provoke each other to love and good works.
    • We all need the support of the people of God. 
    • We always need to love one another even if we don’t agree on everything. 
  • How can I be a more fully engaged family member, connected in a deeper way with the family of God?

Helpful 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?