Jesus Calling Book Club Discussion Guide for Men

Jesus Calling Book Club Discussion Guide for Men

by Sarah Young

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Jesus Calling Book Club Discussion Guide for Men by Sarah Young

Experience peace in the presence of the Savior who is closer than you can imagine with the Jesus Calling® Discussion Guide for Men.

The Jesus Calling Discussion Guide for Men is a 52-week discussion guide that uses relevant passages from the bestselling daily devotional Jesus Calling®that speak to the soul of a man. This guide is filled with questions that will inspire you to apply the truths of Jesus Calling® to daily life. Anchored by related Scripture, each weekly topic covers a wealth of subjects that speak to the heart of a man’s faith, such as understanding your purpose, having courage in hard times, learning how to effectively lead, combating burnout, and growing in strength and wisdom. Use the questions for your own personal reflection, or utilize them in a group setting for Sunday school, home study groups, men’s ministry groups, and more.   

Discussion questions enhance a man’s weekly study of Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718087104
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Series: Jesus Calling®
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 99,689
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sarah Young, the author of the bestselling 365-day devotionals Jesus Always and Jesus Calling®, has sold more than 25 million books worldwide. Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah's writings include Jesus Calling®Jesus Today™, Jesus Lives™, Dear JesusJesus Calling® for Little OnesJesus Calling® Bible StorybookJesus Calling®: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence, each encouraging readers in their journeys toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

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Jesus Calling

52-Week Discussion Guide for Men


By Sarah Young

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2015 Thomas Nelson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8710-4


CHAPTER 1

The Jesus Calling® Discussion Guide for Men

WISDOM STRENGTH ENCOURAGEMENT ENDURANCE

The following discussion guide questions are based on readings from the devotional Jesus Calling regarding topics that relate to issues affecting men on a daily basis. The selections are identified by date; however, the discussion sessions do not have to be done on a specific date—the references are simply used to help you locate the passages. Questions can be used for group discussion or personal reflection any time of the year.


Discussion #1: It's All About Timing

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passages from Jesus Calling dated January 9, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. What are some examples of plans you have made for your life, and what do you see as the main action steps you have taken or need to take to achieve these plans?

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2. Today's reading tells us that one of the ways God shows His sovereignty is in the timing of events. Think about various key landmarks that have come about in your life so far. Did they come to fruition how you had planned and with the timing you were expecting?

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3. "Never Give Up" is a great motto to live by, and Romans 8:31 tells us, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Sometimes it can be tempting to give up on something when it didn't come easily or in the time frame you wanted. Will you endeavor to keep persevering and let God, in His infinite wisdom, set the pace instead of trying to set it yourself?

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Discussion #2: Your Source of Strength

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passages from Jesus Calling dated January 31, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. What issues in life worry you? What in this world makes you feel secure?

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2. How can you or how do you rely on God as your strength and shield, referred to in Psalm 28:7, when worries overtake you, you feel powerless, and the things you normally find security in fall away?

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3. Today's reading speaks to how God's presence watches over us continually. In what experiences are you thankful for God's watchful care in your life—events that can't be explained any other way except His hand protecting, helping, and guiding you?

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Discussion #3: Climbing Mountains

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passages from Jesus Calling dated February 1 and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. In what ways are you "climbing" to achieve important goals in your life, work, or community? What experiences have enabled you to find strength as you "climb"?

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2. Have you been through (or are you going through) a time in your life when you had an issue or a problem that seemed insurmountable? How did you or will you overcome this obstacle?

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3. The Scripture passage for today instructs us to "[walk] by faith, and not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV). Think about what "mountains" you are worried about today and the possibility that God is guiding you away from those mountains to a different path. Trust and thank Him for where He's leading you.

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Discussion #4: Renewed Mind, Renewed Life

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passages from Jesus Calling dated February 2, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. Today's reading encourages us that God is renewing our minds. What are things that help you think more clearly and become more focused when you are working on a task or solving problems? What are things that cause clutter in your mind and take away that focus and vision toward what needs to be accomplished?

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2. Psalm 105:4 instructs us to "seek the Lord, and his strength; seek his face evermore" (KJV). IN what places and moments can you find quiet, peace, and time with God?

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3. When you recognize that your focus should be on God, seeking Him, giving thanks, and acknowledging His love for you, how does this change or have the potential to change how you approach your job, your family, and everything else in your world?

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Discussion #5: The Pursuit of Peace

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passages from Jesus Calling dated February 5, and then answer/discuss these questions.

1. What is your definition of being "peaceful"? What are some ways you endeavor to bring peace into your life?

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2. Romans 8:6 tells us, "The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace." Describe someone in your life whom you would consider to be peaceful. What are some characteristics you admire about this person?

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3. Today's reading encourages that you can have as "much of [God] and [His] Peace as you want, through thousands of correct choices each day." When you are faced with choices during your day, what do you draw on to help you make the correct moves?

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Discussion #6: Falling Upward

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passages from Jesus Calling dated January 5, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. How do you define a journey of "success"?

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2. Today's reading tells us that most of us "associate victory with success: not falling or stumbling." Can you think of times when you "fell" that led you ultimately to a better place? Looking back, how did this situation make you grow or become stronger?

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3. Psalm 34:17–18 tells us that "the righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles." Why do you think it is important to rely on God to help you reach your goals and dreams?

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Discussion #7: Rest in Doing Well

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passages from Jesus Calling dated February 7, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. The daily tasks of making a living, taking care of ourselves and family, plus trying to be a good community/church member can be overwhelming and exhausting. Today's reading encourages us to "come to [Jesus] for peace and refreshment." When you feel like you are overwhelmed with too much to do, what are the ways you find "refreshment" from a tiring, busy life?

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2. What demands your time and attention and detracts from spending time on what's really important for your ultimate growth as a child of God? How can you shift things so that you're spending more time on what matters?

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3. Romans 8:28 tells us, "We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good" (AMP). Give a prayer of thanks to God for how He works through the details of your life to get you where you need to be, and seek His guidance on opening up time in your life for pursuits that have eternal significance.

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Discussion #8: Trust in Me, Not the World

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passages from Jesus Calling dated March 1, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. Isaiah 26:3 says that we will be kept "in perfect peace," when our "mind is steadfast" on God and we trust in Him. What do you put your trust in daily that you believe will gain you peace and security in your life?

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2. Has there been a time in your life when you lost something but gained something more?

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3. Today's devotion tells us: "Well-developed trust will bring you many blessings." Think of the times when you wholly trusted in God when the things you would normally trust weren't effective. What happened?

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Discussion #9: The Comparison Trap

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passages from Jesus Calling dated February 28, and then answer/discuss these questions.

1. Today's reading advises to "stop judging and evaluating yourself, for this is not your role. Above all stop comparing yourself with other people." What are the ways you compare yourself to other people in areas like job, family, or personal achievements? How do you feel when you do this?

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2. Isaiah 61:10 tells us that God "has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness" (NASB). Stop for a minute and think about how you might judge yourself on your accomplishments, your status, or your material gains. In light of the passage above, why do you think the standards you have set aren't what God is seeing when He looks at you?

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3. Take a moment to think through the blessings and gifts God has given you recently and see if you can be receptive to God's affirmation in your life and in the ways He has shown you grace.

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Discussion #10: Pressure to Win

Please read the devotion (or listen if you have the Jesus Calling audiobook) and related Scripture passages from Jesus Calling dated July 10, and then answer/discuss these questions:

1. Describe the ways that competition is healthy in your life and the ways it might also be stressful.

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2. Today's reading reminds us that when we relax and are "real" with God, He is able to bring out the best in us. What is keeping you from being truly authentic with God, your coworkers, and your friends, showing them your faults as well as your triumphs?

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3. John 15:13–15 reminds us that Jesus has called us friends. What are the steps you can take with Him to put aside what is hiding the real you, allowing you to take a step toward "winning" by being real and authentic?

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