A life of LISTENING (v. 1). What’s the difference between hearing and listening? How can you tell if a person is really listening to what you are saying or not? How much do you actually hear when you are listening to the Word of God being taught and read? How were you were impacted and transformed by listening to God’s Word last year.
A life of COMMITMENT (v. 2-3). Think before you speak. A person who speaks a lot shows himself to be a fool. Discuss why many people tend to make promises that they don’t intend to keep? What does commitment really mean? Why does this generation seem to lack commitment in their relationship with God as well as in other areas of their lives? When God uses people to do His work, He looks for someone who is committed. How do commitment and blessings go hand in hand?
A life of RESPONSIBILITY (v. 4-5). When you say something, you should do it, especially when you make a vow to God. Discuss how people are quick to promise to do something, but lack a sense of responsibility to actually do what they said they would do. Have you promised something to God but have been irresponsible in fulfilling it? How should you mend it? How does responsibility change the way you live your Christian life?
A life WITHOUT EXCUSE (v. 6). God doesn’t want to hear your excuses. If you want to start new this year right, live a life without excuse. What are the usual excuses that Christians give when they don’t follow through with their promises or responsibilities to God? Discuss why should you not even consider giving excuses to God, who knows everything.
A life that TAKES GOD SERIOUSLY (v. 7). What does fear of God mean?God is loving, merciful and gracious, but what other attributes does God have that you should fear and take Him seriously? How do we as God’s children exhaust His patience? Why should you not wait for Him to be impatient with you before you change?