Other discussion points:
The second paragraph of this chapter says that sometimes
Satan can “discourage us enough that we take ourselves out of the game and sit on the sidelines.” Have you ever
been trying to do something good but felt so discouraged that you wanted to quit? Or have you been hurt by someone you were
trying to help and you wanted to give up? Did you realize that these experiences were part of a spiritual battle?
Satan’s lies are everywhere, and many of them are
targeted at who Jesus was, whether the Bible is true, and what God wants from us. As a group, make a list of some of the things
you have heard about God, Jesus, or the Bible which trouble you. Don’t try to analyze them now; just list them. Then
consider planning a future Bible study or two around finding the truth about these troubling claims.
What are you doing to study and learn God’s Word? If you have a system that works
for you, that gets you into the Bible on a regular basis, share it with your group. If you struggle to find time for the Bible,
or you don’t get much out of daily readings, share that with your group. Then encourage each other to make Bible study
an important part of your life.
Many churches provide schedules
for reading through the Bible in a year. If your church does not, look on-line for a downloadable schedule. It’s also
great to subscribe to an e-mail devotional like Encouraging Words from ChristianityToday.com.
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