Today is Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  Jesus is worth it. As we journey through our Christian walk we are called to throw off sin, to put aside everything that does not bring glory to God.  We are also called to run the race well, to endure and persevere through the hardships of life. Are we just to do these things out of legalism or fear?  Absolutely not! The author of Hebrews tells us to do these things by “looking to Jesus.” Jesus is why we throw off sin. Jesus is why we run the race. We do these things because Jesus is worth it.  Paul says in Philippians that he “counts everything as rubbish compared to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus.” As you war against sin and the devil, as you persevere through the painful and challenging moments of life, do so by looking to Jesus because he is worth it. - Jon

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ Hebrews 12:1-3 ]
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
_ Who are the great cloud of witnesses (v. 1)
_ Why are we to throw aside every weight and sin? (v 1)
_ Why does sin cling so closely to us?(v 1)
_ How did Jesus “perfect our faith”? (v 2)
_ What was the joy set before Jesus? (v 2)

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)