The Dirty Truth
February 10 - 16 • Week 1: Hard Heart
Jesus often spoke in parables to illustrate truths about God and us. According to the Parable of the Four Soils, our hearts represent one of four types of soil- hard, shallow, thorny, or good. God desires for everyone to have a heart that is fruitful, but as we discovered this week, our hearts are often hardened to God’s principles, promises, power, and purpose for us. This can be due to disappointments, pride, or sin in our own lives leading us to hardened hearts that only the Word Himself, Jesus, can till.
Main Point: How you experience God depends upon the condition of your heart.
Generally, what is your response when you don’t understand something you read in the Bible?
After listening to the sermon on Sunday, what is one thing that tugged at your heart?
Open your Bibles and read James 1 together. Discuss the attributes of the Word (Jesus) described in this passage. What resonates with your hearts or what questions do you have?
On Sunday Pastor Jimmy said, “Satan wants your experience of God to be no experience at all. The enemy desensitizes our consciences, making it difficult to distinguish between right and wrong.” Knowing that Jesus offers us true life in Him and desires a relationship with us, where do you see the enemy working in your life to harden your heart?
When assessing the condition of your heart, think about disappointments, sin, and your own pride. Is your heart hardened in a specific area or even completely? Take a brave step and share with your group. As a group, pray for one another and confess where your hearts are hardened. Ask the Lord to remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).
Next Step Challenge
God can heal a heart that is hard, but it takes true repentance to soften the heart. Repentance requires you to recognize your sin, confess it to the Lord, and to turn away from that sin and go in the opposite direction. If you have not given your life to Jesus by confessing Him as your Lord and Savior, the forgiver of your sins, and the leader of your life- what is stopping you? Don’t wait any longer- do it now and tell your group! If you are a follower of Jesus, ask the Lord to show you whose lives you need to invest and begin praying for opportunities to share the Word with them.
“Search me O God, and know my heart… see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me to the way of everlasting.” – Psalm 139:23-24
All other Scripture References
Jeremiah 17:9, Mark 7:21-23, Psalm 44:21, Proverbs 4:23, Romans 5:3-5, Obadiah 3, Proverbs 14:12, James 1:14-15, John 1
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