At The Movies – Part 2: Jesus Is Why I Can Make A Difference

At The Movies – Part 2: Jesus Is Why I Can Make A Difference

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Jesus Is Why I Can Make A Difference
At The Movies – Part 2
June 26-27, 2021
Steve Tanner

Series Key Verse: “Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” 1 John 4:11 (p.943)

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
John 13:35 (p.823)

  • I Make A Difference When My Confidence Is In Jesus.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (p.824)

  1. Trust and obey God.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5–6 (p.482)

  1. Surrender what I can’t control

“Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31 (p.542)

  1. Remember it’s not all about me.

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (p.891)

My Next Step This Week:

______ I want God to make a difference in me, so I am choosing–for the first time–to become a Follower of Jesus.

______ I want to make a difference as a Follower of Jesus. I now prayerfully ask God to help me act on each of today’s Talk challenges.


Discussion/Groups Guide from the Weekend TalkFrom the Weekend Talk of June 26-27, 2021
At The Movies – Part 2: Jesus Is Why I Can Make A Difference

Use this guide to discuss the Weekend Talk with your family or friends.

When Lif­e Groups are in session they use questions like these to go deeper into what we talked about on the weekend. Find out more about Groups (in person and online) at alivechurch.com/groups. Our Fall Groups Semester begins the week of August 22.

Conversation Starters

  • What was your favorite movie clip that Steve showed in the Talk?Had you ever seen Remember the Titans?
    • Who/What do you rely on for confidence and/or motivation?
      • Yourself? Your family/friends? Other? Why? 
      • How does trust influence this?
    • What does it mean to be confident?
    • When have you had reservations about a person you knew, only to later become friends with that person?

Qui­­ck Review

Looking back at your Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out, challenged, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and related Bible verses from this Weekend’s Talk Notes.

The key spiritual principle Pastor Jeff Love emphasized this week is:

  • I Make A Difference When My Confidence Is In Jesus.
    • Read 1 John 4:9-11 (p.943)
    • Read John 15:1-8 (p.811)
      • How does what Jesus says in John 15 relate to what John describes that Jesus did in John 4?
      • When did you place your full confidence in Jesus?

Steve gave us three challenges for us to embrace that are necessary to our living a life of confidence in Jesus:

  1. Trust and obey God.
    • Read Proverbs 3:5–6 (p.482).
      • Share a situation when you could not rely on your understanding. 
        • How did it feel? 
        • Were you a Christ-follower at the time?
    • “Obey” speaks to the consistency of sustaining the trust.
      • Look at 1 Peter 1:14-15 (p.934)
        • How does this verse speak to this challenge to “trust and obey”?
    • There are 2 actions here: Trust and Obey
      • Do you find sometimes that it is difficult to obey God, but it can be easier to trust him?  Or sometimes it can be visa-versa – obeying in an almost ritualistic way – attend church, pray, read your Bible, but your heart is not in it. 
      • Don’t be discouraged, look at Gideon (Judges 6: 11-39 – p193)
        • He was a leader of Israel and God used him mightily but Gideon doubted God, yet he came through.
    • When we look at God’s word, we see some mighty men and women who have had issues of Trusting and Obeying God, yet they came through it.  In the three short chapters of Judges 6-8 (p.192), which tell the story of Gideon, we see how God changed his life and the lives of the Israelites.
  2. Surrender what I can’t control.
    • Read Isaiah 40:30-31 (p.542).
      • Hanging on to things we cannot control often plays out as worry.
      • Read Philippians 4:6-7 (p.901)
        • Have you ever had to surrender your worry to God?
        • How did you feel regardless of the source of the worry?
    • Isaiah 40:30-31 is key in another film (Chariots of Fire) based on a where a man (Eric Liddle) stands up for his. Eric refuses to run on the Sabbath and is expected to run a longer distance yet (spoiler alert) he does and wins with God’s help.  Eric was a missionary in China and the son of missionaries, he saw his parents’ faith and how God honored it and there was nothing more important than trusting and obeying God.
    • As parents or grandparents or guardians we have a massive impact on our children. Whether or not they are followers of Jesus, and I pray they are, they see how we trust God and how and when we obey Him – and times we don’t. This is true with our work colleagues, our friends, and everyone with whom we come in contact. We are ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (p.884)) and our actions are seen by others!
  3. Remember it’s not all about me.
    • Read Galatians 2:20 (p.891).
      • Take another look at 1 Peter 1:14-15.
      • How does it apply to your success rate in accomplishing this challenge to “remember it’s not about me”?
    • Jesus said that wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be (Matthew 6:21 (p.737)). 
    • We need to get our priorities right, but this can be difficult.
      • This can happen in lots of ways:
        • Maybe in wanting to see our kids excel, we take them all over the state to games, concerts, etc., to the exclusion of discipling them in their faith.
        • Perhaps the desire to provide a debt-free college education makes us spend more time working and less time in fellowship with God’s people.  Less time in service for God.  
        • In seeking promotion – we can dress it up to say “if I get the promotion I can give more in tithes and offerings” when in reality we are after the status.
    • God has all the riches and does not need them – he needs you.  We can really deceive ourselves sometimes.  That’s why need to be accountable to each other. Friends in a life group can sometimes see what is going on in our lives clearer than we can.  But this is where trust comes in again.  We need to trust each other and to listen to solid biblical advice and that only comes through a solid relationship with God and His people.

My Next Step This Week:

______ I want God to make a difference in me, so I am choosing–for the first time–to become a Follower of Jesus.

______ I want to make a difference as a Follower of Jesus. I now prayerfully ask God to help me act on each of today’s Talk challenges.

Use the link on the app or go to your Connection Card at www.alivechurch.com/card to indicate you are taking this Next Step so that we can pray for you.

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