Make an Impact – Part 2: Attitude

Make an Impact – Part 2: Attitude

Make an Impact – Part 2
November 12-13, 2022

  • When Jesus’ Attitude Is My Attitude, I Make An Impact.

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2:5 (p.900)

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 (p.862)

Series Memory Verse: “But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.” 2 Timothy 4:5 (p.915)

Jonah 1-4

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (p.866)

  1. Be humble like Jesus.

“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges…he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” Philippians 2:6-8 (p.900)

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. He said, ‘I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and Lord, you heard me!’” Jonah 2:1–2 (p.701)

  1. Be generous like Jesus.

“You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9 (p.886)

“This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: ‘Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.’” Jonah 4:1-2 (p.702)

  1. Be a servant like Jesus.

“So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin.” 1 Peter 4:1 (p.936)

 “‘Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.’” Jonah 4:3 (p.702)

“You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:2 (p.936)

My Next Step This Week:

___ I will look for and act on at least one opportunity to show humility, generosity, and/or service to someone.

Discussion/Groups Guide Make an Impact  Part 2: Attitude“ November 12 & 13, 2022

Life Groups use this guide in th­eir discussion and study of the Weekend Talk. Use this also as a discussion guide with your family and friends.

Conversation Starters

  • When you were a teenager, did anyone ever say to you, “You won’t get very far in life with that attitude”?  What was it and were they right?
  • Why do you think some people believe that having a bad attitude is cool?
  • When are you most likely to need an attitude check?

Quick Review

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

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.

Our One Thing: When Jesus’ Attitude Is My Attitude, I Make An Impact.

  • See Philippians 2:5 (p.900), and Romans 8:5-6 (p.862)
  • Name as many attitude characteristics of Jesus as you can think of.
  • When are you most successful at having an attitude like Jesus?
  • When have you experienced a specific time of letting The Holy Spirit control your mind, perhaps in the face of a temptation?

Series Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 4:5 (p.915).

  • How is our Series Memory Verse relevant to Attitude?

One Voice Bible Story Background: Jonah (p.701-702)

  • We will dig into Jonah and his attitude. But at first glance, what are some things you notice about Jonah’s character and attitude? What about Jonah’s opportunities?
  • How often have we found ourselves in exactly this situation? Perhaps share an incident where you knew clearly that God had a plan for you and you said to God, “My way not Yours!”

Application: To resist a bad attitude we must adopt the attitude of Jesus. We do so in these key areas of living:

  1. Be Humble Like Jesus. (Philippians 2:5-8 (p.900); Jonah 2:1-2 (p.701))
    • What does Paul say about Jesus’ attitude? How did/does Jesus’ attitude make an impact?
    • Did Jonah do everything wrong? What was his attitude in this passage?
  2. Be Generous Like Jesus. (2 Corinthians 8:9 (p.886); Jonah 4:1-2 (p.702))
    • Why did Jesus embrace His attitude; for whom did He do it?
    • What kind of poverty and riches is Paul talking about?
    • Why was Jonah so upset? Can you relate? Have you ever seen God bless someone and you wonder “why them?”
  3. Be A Servant Like Jesus. (1 Peter 4:1-2 (p.936); Jonah 4:3 (p.702))
    • What must we be ready to do if we’re going to live with a Jesus attitude? How has that played out in your life?
    • Would you rather win an argument or win a person to Christ?
    • See Romans 12:2 (p.866). How does this verse relate to our attitude?
    • Where is your mind? Are you struggling with rebellion against God and a bad attitude? Confess it to Him. Pray for one another in your group. Taking this week’s Next Step can help adjust our attitudes.

Digging Deeper

When God hears us cry out, He does not ignore us. We find numerous examples in the Bible, particularly in the Psalms where the author cries out and God rescues. We read that Jonah continues with a wrong attitude despite being rescued, being used to see God staying his hand of judgment for 120,000 people of Nineveh.

The sparing of Nineveh should be a warning for us to have the heart in sharing the Good News of Jesus and to follow God’s plans to see an impact not only on other people’s lives but also on our own.

  • Compare Psalm 51 (p.436) and how David reacted to God’s judgment on his and Jonah’s reaction to God’s judgment on Nineveh in Jonah 4. 
  • A few key verses to consider are Psalm 51:3-4, 7, 10, 13, 17-18. See how David admits he was wrong compared to Jonah’s complaints and how David is looking out to help others from becoming rebels and putting others first, whereas Jonah is selfish.
  • Compare the attitudes of David and Jonah, and discuss in what ways the impact of their rebellion had on their own lives and others around them.

My Next Step This Week

____   I will look for and act on at least one opportunity to show humility, generosity, and/or service to someone.

This Week’s Life Transformation Bible Daily Reading: Attitude (p.A100-101)

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