Faith Full: Part 5 - Disciplined

February 6, 2022


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Confidence that God is with me and in total control.

BOTTOM LINE: What begins as discipline becomes habit, which becomes life changing.

Discipline - doing what I ought to do now so I can do what I want to do later.

Matthew 6:6 NLT
6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Luke 5:16 NIV
16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Mark 1:35-37 NLT
35 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.   36 Later Simon and the others went out to find him. 37 When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

1. Fine tuning my personal relationship with Jesus releases the Kingdom - God's rule - in my life.

Matthew 6:31-33 NLT
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

2. Giving grows my faith because it requires letting go of what I am most inclined to put my confidence in rather than God.

Matthew 18:2 NIV
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.

1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT
27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.

3. Something happens personally when we gather corporately.

Give Jesus the...
...first minutes of my day.
...first dollars of my income.
...first day of my week.

Start Talking

When have you had to start something and be disciplined to do it, but it eventually became a habit and part of your life? How did "ought to" eventually become "want to" in this area?

Start Thinking

Read Matthew 6:6. How would describe this kind of prayer compared to reactionary prayer? Why do you think most people only pray "in the moment" when they have a need (aka "reactionary")? How do you think the kind of prayer Jesus describes here will grow your relationship with God?

Read Matthew 6:31-33. If Jesus was saying this to you, instead of saying not to worry about what you eat, drink, and wear, what might he tell you not to worry about that you think you have to provide for yourself or by yourself? The word original Greek word for "seek" in this verse means "to search for or crave." If Jesus is saying not to search for or crave the money for things we think we need, what do you think it would look like to seek - search for or crave - for the Kingdom when it comes to our money?

Read Matthew 18:20 and 1 Corinthians 12:27. Why do you think the gathering of His followers to worship is important to Jesus? Why do you think He wants that in addition to individual worship and daily devotion?

Start Sharing

Read Luke 5:16 and Mark 1:35-37. Think about how busy Jesus must have been every single day, but yet He continually made this a priority. What is your biggest hurdle to following his example and doing this every day? When have you had a strong practice of doing this in your life, and how did it grow your faith and confidence in Jesus?

Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-8. When have you experienced either side of this equation - reaping generously because you gave generously or reaping little because you gave little? How have you experienced giving a pre-decided percentage first to God grow your faith and confidence that He is in control? What is most likely to compete with this discipline in your life and keep you from doing it?

Read Hebrews 10:25. How has gathering with other believers to worship - either in the larger setting or in the micro church setting - grown your faith? How have you experienced it grow your faith in ways that are different than personal daily devotion? How have you experienced your faith stall when this hasn't been a discipline in your life?

Start Doing

What is your pre-decided plan to give Jesus the first minutes of your day? What will you read in the Bible? Where will you go? When will you do it?

What is your pre-decided percentage to Jesus the first dollars of your income? What will you have to do to make sure you are disciplined with this? How will you measure its impact on the growth of your faith?

What do you do or can you do to protect the first day of your week (and/or the day our micro church meets) so that gathering for worship with other believers becomes or remains a discipline for you?

How will these disciplines that you "ought" to do now prepare you and grow your faith in a way that will ripple through your story and the opportunities you have to share with others where you live, work, and play?

Start Praying

Take a moment and ask what each person’s takeaway from today’s discussion is. As you pray, ask God to help each person live out those next steps and make a huge difference where they live, work & play!



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Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

  • Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  • What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  • How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  • How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  • Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?


Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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