Secret Baggage – Enabling (week 2)

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Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let’s take a moment to remember that there are THREE things we want to see happen every time our LifeGroups gather:

– Movement towards Each Other
– Movement towards God
– Movement towards our Community

Our questions follow this same format. All of the questions are designed towards movement. We hope you enjoy your time together in your LifeGroup.
**Remember, our goal is to deepen our relationship with Jesus and each other. Use the questions that are help and skip the rest.

CURRENT SERIES: Secret Baggage

Each of us has unresolved issues that we carry around. In a word, it’s called baggage. Although you do your best to ignore it, conceal it, or fake it, your baggage burdens your life while slowly squeezing out hope for your future. Before passing your baggage on to your children, let’s unpack this dead weight so you can begin living a life of freedom that God desires for you.

Last Week: We may have been influenced, but we get to decide how we live. What would walking in the Spirit look like for you this week? (Galatians 5:24-25)

Two Weeks Ago: Spend time reading John 3:16-17 this week. Do you know Jesus? Then thank Him this week. If you don’t, why not?

Key Verse:

And he said to them, “Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all these people. 24 No, my sons; it is no good report that I hear the people of the Lord spreading abroad.” 1 Samuel 2:23–24

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What side of the bed do you sleep on?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What is something that you do everyday (or just about)?
How did this pattern form?
Do you ever deviate from it?
What are some of your “responsibilities” in life?
How do you feel about having them?
What would happen to you/others if you stopped doing them?
Read 1 Samuel 2:12-17; 22-25
What was wrong with Eli’s sons?
What was wrong with Eli?
How did that impact other people?
What does it mean to be enabled?
What does it mean to enable someone?
Which is worse?
Which one have you observed the most?
How did it turn out?
Read 1 Samuel 3:11-13; 4:17-18
What was the end result of Eli’s enabling his sons?
If enabling is bad why do we do it?
Are consequences a bad thing? Explain
How can consequences be a good thing for someone?
Ultimately who gave Eli the responsibility of being the chief priest?
Since Eli was the chief priest, what should he have done?
Ultimately, who was Eli responsible to?
How does that relate to the responsibilities God has given us?
Where do you think you could allow enabling in your life?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Spend some time reading 1 Samuel 3-4. Have you allowed enabling to enter your life?

Checking In Each Time We Meet: