Is there anything you have tried to change, but have discovered it was hard?

Why do you think changing can be hard?

The Bible

 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. – Matthew 15:19

 What do you think this verse means?

Why is it important to change?


PJ said, “ What you believe affects how you behave”

Give an example of how this works?

What you believe about God

 A lot of people think God is mad at them. Why do you think that is?

Have you ever felt like there was something you needed to change about yourself for God to love you?

Has it ever been hard for you to believe that God loves you? Why?


But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  – Romans 5:8

Why is this verse important?


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

While God loves the world not everyone has a relationship with him and is experiencing his love.  Who does this verse say experiences his love?

When did you first put your faith in Jesus?  What events led to that decision?


Fill in this blank for yourself:  Sometimes I feel like if I would stop ______, then God would love you more.


What you believe about sin

Why do you think many people don’t like it when we talk about sin?

Have you ever wished that something wasn’t a sin?

What is a good view for us to have of sin?

PJ said, “Sin hurts.”  How does sin hurt our lives?

Sometimes we try to stop sinning by loading up on guilt, shame, or fear.  How is knowing God loves you better for overcoming sin?