The Extra Degree | Week 2 | Ron Sylvia

Church at The Springs
Jan 14 – 15, 2024

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The Extra Degree
Lead Pastor | Ron Sylvia
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Icebreaker:
Have you ever kept a New Year’s Resolution?
AND/OR
Have you ever driven somewhere but did not remember the drive?

1. 212 Habits start with who, not what.

Have you discovered a one-degree change you could make that would change everything? Share with the group!

What have you done in the past when you have not met a goal or resolution?

Have you felt like Paul in Romans 7?

What habits do you have in your life?

Have you ever tried to change the habits in your life?

Genesis 17:3-5
At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations.

Matthew 16:17-18
Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

What nicknames have you had during your life?

Who does God say that you are?

2. Stop trying new habits and start training for a new life.

What is the difference between “trying” and “training”?How does a training mindset change things for us?

1 Timothy 4:7-9
Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it.

1 Corinthians 9:24-26
Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.

What are the things that are hindering you that you need to throw off?

3. Replace old habits with new habits.

Ephesians 4:25
So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.

Stop:
So, stop telling lies.

Start:
Let us tell our neighbors the truth for we are all parts of the same body.

Ephesians 4:28
If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.

Stop:
If you are a thief quit stealing.

Start:
Instead use your hands for good hard work and then give generously to others in need.

Ephesians 4:2
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

Stop:
Don’t use foul or abusive language.

Start:
Let everything you say be good and helpful so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Ephesians 4:31-32
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Stop:
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

Start:
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Brainstorm as a group some habits we can trade for better habits. Look at Ephesians 4 for some examples.

As you close in prayer go around the group and share one thing you want to start training for so you can see life change in 2024.

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