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Small Group Discussion Guide

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Ice-Breakers:

Read I Peter 3:3-4

  • Anonymously share an example of someone you have known who was physically attractive and yet their inner self (heart) was unattractive... or vice versa.
  • What makes this inner beauty described by Peter so attractive?

Questions:

Read Philippians 2:14

  • How would you define complaining versus sharing a genuine problem?
  • Pastor Bryan talked about four categories of complainers in the Bible (see the list below). Which of these tendencies do you struggle with the most and why?

    THE WHINER – “It’s not fair”
    What is a good way to respond to the whiner? What are some practical steps a person might take to overcome this tendency in life?

    THE MARTYR – “No one appreciates me”
    What is a good way to respond to the martyr? What are some practical steps a person might take to overcome this tendency in life?

    THE CYNIC – “Nothing will ever change”
    What is a good way to respond to the cynic? What are some practical steps a person might take to overcome this tendency in life?

    THE PERFECTIONIST – “Is that the best you can do?”
    What is a good way to respond to the perfectionist? What are some practical steps a person might take to overcome this tendency in life?

Read Philippians 2:15-18

  • A pure heart will show itself upwardly in your relationship with God (children of God without fault), outwardly toward others (you shine like stars) and inwardly (be glad and rejoice). Share an example of how not complaining has improved your attitude and/or relationship (with either God, other people or yourself).

Read I Thessalonians 5:18

  • How is ‘giving thanks in all circumstances’ possible?

Application:

What is one action step you can take to move from a complaining heart to a pure heart?

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