- What are some of the things that have changed in the world around you, since you were a child?
- How many times have you moved in your life…either cities/countries, or neighborhoods?
- How many times have you changed jobs…or careers? Describe.
- What’s the most significant change you’ve experienced?
- Would you describe yourself as someone who likes change, or someone who prefers consistency and routine? Explain.
- Some changes happen due to circumstances outside our control. When has a change been forced on you?
- Some changes we initiate. Provide an example of this from your life. What were the signs that told you it was time to make this change?
- Sometimes there are changes we need to make in external circumstances (where we live, our job, even eating habits). Other times, there are changes we need to make on the inside. What does it take to recognize that an inner change is called for—an attitude; a manner of being in relationship; a decision in the heart, the might result in other, more outward changes?
Connecting with God
- The word repentance in Greek is metanoia. It means to change directions. We typically associate repentance with sin. That is to say, we’re heading in the wrong direction in some area of our lives, and God turns us toward the right direction. When have you experienced God bringing to light a wrong choice, and calling you to make a right choice? How did God’s call to change come to you?
- Not all choices are binary. How can our relationship with God help to guide us to know when a change of any type is necessary?
- What are the blessings of making changes in light of God’s presence?