Merge Week 4
When obedience is difficult, stay close to Jesus.
II Samuel 7:8-13; John 6:50-66, 14:23
When you play a game, do you prefer to follow the instructions or make up your own?
What would the world be like if no one followed directions?
Talk about a time when you experiences consequences because you didn’t follow instructions or disobeyed an authority figure. What happened?
How do you know when an authority figure or the instructions they give you are worth obeying?
How is Jesus like a king? What makes Jesus different from other kings?
Why do you think it was difficult for people to obey Jesus when he was on earth? Why is it difficult for people to obey Jesus now?
What’s one area of your life where you struggle to obey Jesus? Why is that so difficult for you?
Even when obeying Jesus is difficult, why is it still worth it?
Read John 14:23. How can staying close to Jesus help us to be more obedient? How can being obedient help us stay close to Jesus?
What’s one step you can take this week to stay close to Jesus?