If you have areas in your life where you would like to change (and I assume you do!), how do you go about trying to make those changes? Have you ever come to a point, after much effort, where the change you desire eludes you and you have given up hope of progress? How has the Gospel impacted your attempts to change?
Our natural tendency is to think that additional rules, discipline, and self effort will lead to change. According to Col. 2:20-23, how effective are these in truly transforming our character? Why do you think Paul uses a metaphor of “fruit” to describe the character of transformed believers in Galatians 5:22&23? What does this tell us about the nature and process of change? See also Ps. 1:3
Our thought life and mental focus seem to be absolutely vital in the process of change (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23; Col. 3:1&2; Ps. 1:2). How much time do you spend using your mind to think through the truths of the Word? In all honesty, what tends to consume the largest part of your mental focus and energy?
“Unless Jesus has and his Gospel capture our hearts and minds, we will find ourselves powerless to resist the alluring idols of our flesh.” Do you agree with this quote? Why or why not?