The Need For Personal Change


Pastor Jerry Gillis - January 15, 2023

Community Group Study Notes

Have someone in your group give a brief recap of Sunday’s message, highlighting the primary Scripture passages and main idea of the message.

How did this message strengthen, confirm and/or correct your previous ideas about the need for personal change and Jesus’ power to change anyone?

If you haven't yet shared your story of how Jesus changed your life, share it with your group. If you've already shared your grace story, describe a situation in which you witnessed a change in the faith and life of a family member, friend, co-worker, or neighbor. Did their change influence your faith or steps toward personal obedience?

Interact with this statement: “Saul needed to be blinded and to sit helpless for three days to understand who Jesus truly is.” When was the last time you minimized distractions and busyness in your life to sit and hear from Jesus? What step can you take to be reminded of your full dependence on God?

Discuss the acts of obedience Saul took in response to the change in his life when he encountered Jesus. How is your story of personal change and obedience in response to faith in Jesus similar to Saul’s? Are there any steps of obedience you need to take?
Commit to take a step of obedience this week in response to this message. Spend time in prayer for each other as you prepare to take this step of obedience.  

Action Step

What step of obedience do you need to take? What small habit can you commit to in this step of obedience? Write down this habit and associated action steps and share your commitment with a friend.

Consider these examples:

Habit: Read my Bible for 15 minutes at the end of the day

“After I make my bed, I will put my Bible on my pillow”
“I will print out a reading plan and put it in my Bible”
“After I brush my teeth, I will read one Bible chapter”

Habit: Pray for a family member, friend, or neighbor every day

“After I make my coffee, I will pray for [name]”
“After I arrive at the office, I will send a message to [name] to encourage them and then will pray for them”


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