Over the next month we'll be learning from an outstanding teaching series from Northpoint Church called Taking Responsibility For Your Life.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
In a culture that seems to encourage and at times even reward irresponsibility, it's easy for us to notice others who aren't pulling their weight.
But what about us? Are we taking responsibility for the things we are on the hook for?
We'll be taking in this teaching via DVD and won't be recording it for our podcast like we usually do. However, if you miss a teaching, you can grab the audio or video online directly from Northpoint. Here's how:
Follow this link: http://www.northpoint.org/messages.
Scroll to the right through the message series icons until you come to "Taking Responsibility For Your Life" (about the 9th series).
Double click on that and you'll be shown the 4 diff messages and be given the option to either listen to the audio or watch them on video.
We will be creating and posting our 2nd Helpings Info as we usually do. You can find them as a pdf on our PODCAST SITE or as text below.
Scriptures From Sunday: Genesis 1:27-29, 3:8-13
Who is the most responsible person you know & why? The least responsible?
Agree/Disagree & Explain: “Our culture is becoming less and less responsible and in some ways rewards & celebrates irresponsibility.”
“Irresponsibility is much easier to see through the window than in the mirror.” Is this true? If so, why do you think this is?
Can you think of a time when someone else’s irresponsibility impacted you? When your failure to live up to your responsibilities affected others?
Do you agree that when we fail to “pick our towels up off of the floor” (i.e. taking care of our responsibilities) we are by default asking someone else to come clean up our mess?
How would things change in your life/family/workplace/church/etc. if each time we saw each other shirking our responsibilities we followed Andy’s lead w/his kids and said, “I want you to ASK me to take care of what you aren’t willing to care of instead of just leaving it for me to do”?
Respond to/discuss this statement: “Christians should be the most responsible people on the planet.”
In the beginning, humans are given huge amounts of responsibility (Gen 1). How do you feel when you shoulder your responsibilities well? When you don’t?
Do you ever find yourself admiring people who are great at blaming others? Why/Not?
Blame and the conflict and shame it produces are deeply rooted in our story (Gen 3). Do you think we can we get past it? How?
1. Listen to the blame conversations in your life- both the ones you have out loud and in your own head. What parts of your life are trying to shift responsibility to others?
2. As you experience relational conflict, ask yourself, “What is in my slice of the pie?”