Didn’t See It Coming
Cynicism • Week 1: September 8-14

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Introduction

Nobody sets out to be cynical, but so many people end up there. Why? Cynicism starts not because you don’t care, but because you do. Surprisingly, most cynics are former optimists. This week, we looked at how to recognize cynicism and how to stop it.

Main Point: To avoid the trap of cynicism, we must choose to put our heart and mind out there again.

Discussion Questions

  1. When you were younger, would you have considered yourself an optimist, realist, or pessimist? What are you now? Why?

  2. What do you think makes people grow cynical?

  3. Read Ecclesiastes 1:2-8, 16-18. According to this text, what makes your sorrow increase? Why?

  4. Pastor Ronnie said on Sunday, “The curious are never cynical and the cynical are never curious.” What would help grow your curiosity?

  5. How can you begin to put your heart and mind out there again?

Taking A Next Step Together

Decide what you need to do to hope again, to believe again and to trust again. As hard as it can be, ask God to give you the strength to put your heart and mind out there and trust and believe again. To help cultivate more curiosity this week, ask more questions. Stay more open and be curious. 

Key Verse 

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18

All other Scripture References 

Ecclesiastes 1:2-8, 16-18, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Matthew 18:3


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