The Extra Degree | Week 3 | Ron Sylvia

The Extra Degree
Lead Pastor | Ron Sylvia

What do you think a 212 life looks like?
How do you not quit?

“We were never meant to live out Christianity at room temperature.” Discuss this statement as a group for a few minutes.

Perseverance is:
Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.

Share a time in your life that you showed perseverance.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

Do you believe that God has never abandoned you?

Galatians 6:7
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

1. We harvest what we plant.

Genesis 1:11
Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.

Proverbs 22:8
Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.

What have you planted in your life?

What have you harvested in your life?

Hosea 10:13
“But you have cultivated wickedness and harvested a thriving crop of sins. You have eaten the fruit of lies— trusting in your military might, believing that great armies could make your nation safe.

Hosea 10:12
I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

James 3:18
And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

2. We harvest after we plant.

How do you combat our instatenious society with planting and harvesting?

Galatians 6:9
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Take a few minutes to go around your group and share some ways you did not give up during a difficult season.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.

Galatians 6:8
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

3. We harvest more than we plant.

2 Corinthians 9:6
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.

How are you and where are you planting generously in your life?

Galatians 6:9
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

As you close as group pray for each other to have perseverance.

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