John the Baptist: The Art of Surrender
Don’t listen to those who seek to destroy
25 Now a discussion arose between some of John's disciples and a Jew over purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.”
Know and embrace the role that God has given you
27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’
Joy is to be found in friendship with Christ
29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”
LifeGroup Notes - John the Baptist: The Art of Surrender
Surrender does not come natural to us. Sunday’s sermon showed us the importance of denying
ourselves and pursuing GOD. Often, this requires a complete surrender.
1. As a group, think of the term surrender in all of the contexts that you can. Discuss them as a group.
2. Again, in a similar manner to last week’s topic of trust, how does the characteristic of surrender impact our lives as Christ-followers?
As a group turn to and read Phil. 3:1-11.
3. As a group, recap all the accomplishments that Paul had in his pre-CHRIST life (v.4-6)?
4. Do you think that it was di cult for Paul to abandon his previous, Anti-Christian accomplish- ments, basically his whole identity, when he became a follower of Christ?
5. After recapping Paul’s pre-Christ life, turn to Acts chapter 9 and read about Paul’s conversion in verses 1-9, and v20. Do we see any evidence of struggle, doubt, or disobedience from Paul when he is converted? Is he hesitant to surrender his old life and leave it behind?
6. Let’s return to Phil. 3 and focus on v7-10. This is where Paul shows us that upon knowing CHRIST, he had no problem leaving behind and surrendering his previous life. Read these verses and discuss them as a group. Why do you think this is such a di culty for many people?
Paul knows surrender! He laid down more than most of us could even dream of. He had power, wealth, influence, fame, respect, his enemies feared him, etc... But all it took were a few words from CHRIST, “Rise and enter the city, and you will be told what to do” (Acts 9:6) for Paul to recognize his Savior. He was filled with the Holy Spirit a few days later (v17) and began ministering immediately (v20). Paul didn’t hesitate, and while it certainly was not easy, Paul understood that knowing CHRIST was infinitely more valuable that anything that he had accomplished as a Pharisee--there was no need to try and preserve his old life because he had a new legacy to establish--as a CHRIST-follower and a servant of GOD!