Small Group Discussion Guide
-Preventing Spiritual Heart Disease-
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. - Proverbs 4:23
Fill in the blank: “I really have a heart for __________________.” (examples: Pastors, the Minnesota Vikings, Bass players, etc.)
1. Read Matthew 15:17-20 and Matthew 23:25-27.
- Our words and our actions reflect the condition of our heart. Share an example of a time when you said or did something you later regretted. What did you learn about yourself as a result of saying/doing that which you were not proud of?
2. Read Galatians 5:13-17
- How do you see this battle between the flesh (your old heart) and the Spirit played out in your life?
3. There are 4 big signs of spiritual heart disease... 1) Guilt, which says: ‘I owe you.’ (Read Proverbs 14:9) 2) Anger, which says: ‘You owe me.’ (Read Proverbs 29:11) 3) Greed, which says: ‘I owe me.’ (Read Luke 12:21) 4) Jealousy, which says: ‘God owes me.’ (Read II Corinthians 10:12)
- Which of these do you struggle with the most?
4. There are 4 exercises to unclog the heart... 1) For Guilt: Confess. (Read Psalm 32:5, James 5:16) 2) For Anger: Forgive. (Read Colossians 3:13) 3) For Greed: Give. (Read Luke 12:31,33) 4) For Jealousy: Celebrate. (Read Hebrews 13:5; Philippians 2:3)
- Which one(s) of these spiritual exercises do you need to engage in?
- What will it look like for you to engage in these exercises (on a practical level)?
Evaluate Your Heart:
If you’re not sure which of these you struggle with, ask those who are closest to you, and they’ll tell you. Every day, do something uncomfortable - confess, forgive, give or celebrate. Make it a routine. Write these things down on a 3x5 card and put it in your bathroom, car, wherever you’ll see it all day long. And over time, your spiritual heart will get healthier - and people will notice a difference. In the final analysis, you get to choose whether to allow God’s Spirit to work in you, or go back to living by the flesh.