Aiming for Second Place (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “Aiming for Second Place” from our “Life Verse” series.

Discussion Questions:

  1. If someone asked you what the goal of your life is, what would you say?
  2. This week, we continue our series, “Life Verse,” by looking at John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus. Begin your study by asking God to speak to you through the Scripture. Read the John 3:23-30 out loud.
  3. How would you describe John’s view of Jesus in contrast with his view of himself from this passage? What do you notice about what John is concerned with and what he is not concerned with?
  4. Read John 1:19-36 and reflect on how John understands himself and how he understands Jesus.
  5. Returning to John 3:30, what would you say would be the most difficult thing for John the Baptist about living such a statement out into his everyday existence?
  6. What do you think it looks like for you to live like John the Baptist so that Jesus increases and you decrease in your life? What do you think that doesn’t look like?
  7. This entire series, “Life Verse,” is intended to propel us more deeply into Scripture. What would you say is your own life verse and why? If you don’t think you have a ‘life verse’, then what is one particularly meaningful Scripture passage for you and why? If you are in a small group, discuss this together.  If you are on your own, then perhaps you could write down some thoughts on this.

[Next week: We will begin a new series entitled “Rooted” where we will explore Psalm 1. Take a moment to read through Psalm 1 ahead of time and ask God to speak to you through it.]

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