How does God's grace apply to our guilt or shame?
Box 7 Tip:
If you are beginning tour this week, there will be change in your routines, stress levels, and how you spend time with God. Take a couple extra minutes to think, pray, or seek advice at your corps about how to navigate this transition.
Plan: looking ahead a few days, how will I spend time with God?
Pray: where & when will I pray? what & who will I pray for?
Pursue: who is in my Focus Group, and how will we set aside time?
Scripture: 1 John 2:12-14
Breakaway Podcast: Forgiven & Free
Options for related reading or study
Gospel of John 16:25-33
As we become a member of God's family, our fundamental identity is changed. We no longer define our identity base on activities, relationships, or mistakes. We can instead rest our true identity on Jesus, trusting in who He has declared us to be.
1 John 2:12-14
You can read the passage in your Bible or favorite app. Reading aloud, or listening to Bible audio on this passage will be particularly helpful.
Listen - “Forgiven & Free”
from Breakaway Ministries App or Stream Online
34 minutes, epilogue is optional,
Respond - Personal Reflection & Obedience
What are thoughts or beliefs you have about yourself that trap you in feelings of worthlessness or self-pity?
As a believer in Jesus, do these thoughts or feelings line up with the declarations of truth in 1 John 2:12-14?
How can you make a practice of personally meditating on the Gospel for your identity?
Share - Focus Group Times
As tour begins, you might need to adjust how your Focus Group works, or switch people in groups because of the new routines. Honestly ask your group if things are working for them. Face-to-face is better for this conversation than texting. Remember that that it only takes a few minutes to read the Bible, pray together, use the Discovery Bible Study format, or ask the discussion points below.
Discovery Bible Study suggestion for this week: 1 John 2:12-14
*Note the statements in this poem are truth for all believers, but emphasized for certain age groups.
Personal Reflection & Recap