(For those of you outside my church family, here’s a note of explanation: We are currently doing men’s groups called 42 Days. It’s a six-week commitment of meeting together, daily Bible reading, and reading a book. During this time of 42 Days, we are reading an old classic, Improving Your Serve, by Chuck Swindoll. I will be posting our weekly study questions here on my blog. Feel free to buy the book and study along with us!)
Reading assignment and questions for week of April 22-29.
Re-read the story on page 16. How have you been guilty of buying $3 worth of God?
What were/are your dreams for success?
Read 1 Peter 5:5-7. Who are the people you respect and turn to for wisdom? How do you struggle with humility? What are some things you worry about?
What’s the difference between self-esteem and selfishness?
What do you learn about yourself from the story of Adam and Eve?
Page 22. How are you guilty of being dogmatic? Judging? Argumentative? Stubborn?
How do you define unselfishness?
On page 27, four characteristics are contrasted. Evaluate yourself on all four (getter/giver…grudge holder/forgiver…scorekeeper/forgetter…superstar/servant)
On pages 29-30, Swindoll lists a number of different philosophies. Which of those philosophies have influenced the way you live your life the most?
Do you truly care for people around you? How do they know it?
Do you struggle with competitive tendencies? In what ways?
Which of the passages on pages 31 and 32 challenge your thinking the most? Why?
Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 again.
How do you feel about the command to give and serve anonymously?
Are you a generous person? In what ways? If not, why not?
Do you generally serve and give without being asked? What needs to change?
What is your faith “costing” you?
Are you really serious about being a follower of Jesus? What is holding you back?