Every honest Christian knows the need for change. But how to get there? How do you move forward from struggles both big and small? And how does our faith in God impact our everyday thoughts, feelings, and actions? This six-session small group resource gives participants an opportunity to reflect on one particular area in their lives and then to learn more about how God changes us to become more like Jesus. All of us struggle to love God and those around us, but God has promised to keep working on us. And God always keeps his promises. The change that his gospel produces will make your life and your relationships truly beautiful. This self-contained resource with Leader’s Notes will encourage small group participants to understand and apply a biblical view of change to their lives and relationships.
Real Change: Becoming More Like Jesus in Everyday Life is based on the CCEF model of change from David Powlison’s course, Dynamics of Biblical Change. The easy-to-use six lesson format and included leader’s guide encourages participants toward an honest discussion of their own struggles while providing an understanding of how a relationship with Christ brings change. Topics addressed include understanding how we typically respond to trouble, how the cross of Christ brings comfort, help, and change, and how we can grow to be like Christ in the hardest circumstances.
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication Year: 2018
Session 1: Change
God Is Changing Each of Us
God Is Changing Us through Our Relationship with Jesus
God Is Changing Us through Our Relationships with Other Christians
A Model for Understanding Change from Jeremiah 17:5-8
Session 2: Heat
God Understands My Situation
God Enables Me to Grow in Response to My Situation
Session 3: Thorns
I Produce Thorns
My Thorns Come from My Heart
Session 4: Cross
Christ Wins Over My Heart
I Live by Repentance and Faith in Jesus
Session 5: Fruit
Fruit Comes from a Changed Heart
By Grace I Can Bear the Fruit of Christlikeness
Session 6: Real Change
What Does Real Change Look Like?
How Do We Keep Going?
This Is Real Church!
Introduction for Leaders
Session Notes for Leaders