Your heart is like a computer operating system, in that it directs your thoughts, decisions, and actions. The Bible tells you to “above all else, guard your heart,” but first you need to make sure that the Spirit of Jesus is your “OS.”
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing about this message that you found particularly compelling, encouraging, challenging, or beneficial?
- Discuss this statement: “We guard what we value.” How have you observed or experienced this? What is something valuable to you that you guard?
- How does our heart serve as an “operating system” for our life? What are the practical implications of this? In what ways does the adage “garbage in, garbage out” apply to our heart?
- Read and discuss Proverbs 4:20-23, Luke 6:45, 2 Timothy 2:22, and Colossians 3:1-5. What themes do you note in these verses? What is the heart from the biblical perspective? What does it mean to “guard” our heart? Why is this important?
- In what ways can we live like spiritual dangers are “less real” than other dangers? What happens if we drop our “spiritual guard”?
- What specifically do you need to flee in your life? What instead do you specifically need to pursue?
- How is community to vital to the ongoing guarding of one’s heart?