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Change is not a four letter word

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  • Updated: 06/23/2008

How Change Shapes Us


Change is not a four letter word
Session One: How Change Shapes Us

Prayer

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father.  There is no shadow of turning with thee.   Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not.   As thou has been, thou forever wilt be.  Great is thy faithfulness!  Great is thy faithfulness!  Morning by morning new mercies I see.  All I have needed thy hand hath provided.  Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.   Amen


OPENERS

1. What was your first significant experience with change?  How did it shape you?

2. What has been your most recent experience with change?  Has your experience with change differed since that first experience?

3. On a scale of 1-10, 1 being least comfortable with change and 10 being most comfortable with change, where would you rate your self?

The Bible And Change

Read Genesis 18:1-15, Genesis 21:1-7

1. What change is about to occur in this Bible Story?

2. How does the person about to experience the change react?  Would have you reacted in a similar manner?

3. What is the final outcome of the change?  Is it positive?  Is it in line with the expectations of the person experiencing the change?

Read Exodus 3:1-22

1. What change is about to occur in this Bible Story?

2. How does the person about to experience the change react?  Would have you reacted in a similar manner?

3. Who will the change effect?  What would happen if this character resisted change?

Read Matthew 1:18-25

1. Who in this Bible story is affected by change?

2. What is the persons first response to the situation prompting the change?

3. Does God have other plans?    What is the purpose of the change? 

4. How might this story be different if the characters involved resisted or ignored change?

Read  Mark 2:13-17

1. Why is this a change story?

2. Who is changed?  Is there more change on the way?

3. What do you think are the ramifications of that change that will occur from this point on in the life of the disciples?

Change and Us

1. What are the benefits of being open to change?

2. What types of changes would you most like to see in your life? 

3. What types of changes do you least look forward to in your life?

4. Is it easier to resist change or to welcome it?  How may  your answer  shape your faith life?


Food For Thought

"A great wind of change is blowing, and that give you either imagination or a headache."  -Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia

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