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In His Footsteps © 1998
As you begin this series, keep in mind that you will
walk with Jesus, if indeed you have been baptized in His name. Don’t let anything hold you back! Read Luke 8:4-18.
What happened to the seed that fell along the path (verse 12)? What about the
seed that fell on the rock? What do you
think the root is? What happened to the
seed that fell among the thorns? Why
didn’t they mature? What was it that prevented the three soils from yielding a good crop? Could you say that they submitted and yielded? To what are the thorns and the rocks on the soil analogous? Could you say they are analogous to an
attitude of resistance? What kind of heart is necessary to be the
good soil? What three factors determine
that you have the kind of heart that is the good soil? List some thorns and rocks that you may
need to clear in order to be good soil for God’s Word. What must
you continue to plant in yourself? How
do you retain this word? In what do
you need to persevere to yield that
To better understand the concept of yielding, let’s
draw upon some analogies given in the Old and New Testament. Read the following passages: Isaiah 64:8;
Jeremiah 18:1-10; Romans 9:18-26.
Why do you think God compares us to clay in His hands? Can you sculpt a work of art with clay that
gets hard and unyielding? Should you
resist the God who desires for you to be molded according to His will? Read over the list of thorns and rocks
you made Monday. Read Proverbs 29:1. What happens to the man who remains unyielding? Is there any hope? How
can we avoid being destroyed by the Potter? Is it the Potter’s desire to destroy, or to make beautiful things
(Romans 9:22,23)? To whom does He make His glory known? To whom does He show His wrath?
Let’s read about the fruit that humility yields in Luke 15:12-32. List some of the reasons you may think the
younger son had to leave his father and go on his own. (Remember that the Father here represents
God and the sons represent us.) The
fact that the younger son squandered his wealth in wild living tells us much
about the attitude he had! Do you think
the younger son was trying to obtain some self-worth on his own? At what point do you think the younger son
recognized how much he was worth without his Father? What did it take for him to discover this? Did the older son need to go away from his
Father to recognize his worth? Was the older son showing the fruit of
humility when he complained to his Father, though? How was he showing or not showing humility? Do you agree that the older son perhaps
forgot that grace is to be shared? Do you think he thought he had self-worth
all on his own because he obeyed his
Father? Should we obey God because we
think we are righteous or because He has given us righteousness in Christ Jesus
If you truly have given everything up, that means you
are ready to start anew -- new mind, new
attitude and new ways in
Christ. What happens if we look back to
our former life for comfort or direction?
Let’s read Genesis 19:24-26 and Luke 17:26-33. Why does Jesus ask us to remember Lot’s wife
in verse 32 of Luke 17? Why do you
think Lot’s wife was looking back? From
verse 33 in Luke 17, what happens when you hold on to your life (old ways)? Do you think you will be ready for the
coming judgement if you hold on to your old life? Does holding on to your old life help you grow and mature
spiritually? Have you really emptied
yourself and become poor in spirit if you still are holding on to things in
your past (attitudes, ways of thinking, habits, etc)? List some things, attitudes, habits or ways of thinking that
make you want to look back. Read Luke 9:57-62. What does service in the Kingdom of God
require? What happens if we look back?
comes before the fall (Proverbs 16:18). Often, we resist the good work
the Holy Spirit is attempting to do in us.
Read carefully Ephesians 4:17-32. This chapter spells out in very practical ways what it means to
live a new life — something only possible for those who have taken the first
step: becoming poor in spirit. Do you think there is any way you can get
around verses 22 and 24 in this chapter?
Can this teaching be ignored without serious spiritual consequences in
your life? Review, from the Scriptures
we read this week, the consequences of looking back onto our old self. Who is grieved if we don’t “put off our old self” (hint: see Ephesians 4:30)?
In the spirit of this week’s theme, Give
Everything Up, List some sins that are listed in this passage that you
see in yourself that are interfering with your spiritual growth. What are some fruits of the spirit that you
see being produced in yourself? Remember 2 Corinthians 13:5: Examine yourselves to see whether you are in
the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you --
unless, of course, you fail the test?
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives
in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who
loved me and gave himself for me. -- Galatians 2:20