Having a hard heart can keep us from listening to and applying God's truth to our lives. But the more we say “yes” to God, the easier it is to hear His voice.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this sermon?
- Are many people willing to admit to being stubborn? Why or why not? How did you respond to the statement, “We all struggle with hard or stubborn areas of our hearts”?
- How does being stubborn or having a hard heart make it hard for us to really listen and apply God’s truth?
- Where are some areas where you think our society has a hard heart or a severed conscience against God’s Truth? Where do you see yourself following society’s lead?
- On Sunday, Aaron said, “The more we say 'no' to God, the quieter His voice becomes.” Where have you see this truth in your own life?
- Are there any areas where you think you are currently struggling with a hard heart or severed conscious rejecting God’s truth? Some of the diagnostic questions from Sunday were: What are areas we get defensive about? Where do I have to justify myself a lot? Where am I making lots of excuses? What am I claiming as my rights?
- Read Malachi 4:6. What is God’s desire for our relationship with our family? How is this different than just all getting along and our kids behaving well. How have we been deceived into choosing something good over God’s best for our family.
- Read Matthew 23:37 (start earlier for some context). What is God’s heart towards the Pharisees and those who had hard hearts towards him? Why is this important to realize as we deal with our own hard hearts?
- Pray through Psalm 139:23-24, asking God to reveal the hardness in your own heart.