Having a backstage pass can offer an amazing opportunity to get a glimpse of things we deem as great —bands, actors, organizations, and the like. But God shows us that true “greatness” comes from knowing Jesus and working towards strong character. What would it look like to pull back the curtain and snag a backstage pass to the creation of followers of Christ who seek great character through Him?
Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.
1. What is something you’d like to have a backstage pass to?
2. What great things would you like to do in your life? What do you think you need to do to accomplish them?
3. Read Matthew 23:11-12. What does it mean to be a servant leader? Do you consider yourself one? Why or why not?
4. How do you define character? Describe a person of great character you know? Have you ever known someone of poor character? Describe that.
5. Read 2 Peter 1:5-7. Have you developed all of the character traits described in these verses? Which ones are you still working on? Describe how you got to the point where you are now.
6. If you’ve been attending Gateway for a while now and haven’t plugged into a serving, what’s stopping you? Have you joined a life group? Why or why not? If you’ve done all those things, prayerfully consider if you’re ready to join the Commissioned Core. Why would that be a good next step for you? Maybe you’d like to take it a step further and are considering a life in ministry. Applying for the Leadership Development Program could be a good first step. What would that future look like to you?
7. Pray and journal about where you are in your walk with Jesus and as a part of Gateway. Invite others to pray with you. God never intended us to walk alone, so keep that in mind as you pray.
Matthew 23:11-12 – The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
2 Peter 1:5-7 – In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
As you look to dig deeper into the topics of this week’s message, consider revisiting the Character Matrix we learned about this week. What’s your next step? How will taking a next step help with your character development?
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