Jesus: Learning from the God-Man Himself
Firebrands small group discussion March 24, 2007 Introduction: Finishing strong. Two meaningful words brought together to form a powerful sentence. Connotative of endurance and perseverance. This sentence is what TRUE success really means. Jesus is the epitome of finishing strong. Today, we will discuss some points from Jesus’ life to learn how we could finish strong, just as He wants us to. Icebreaker Question (Objective: To perceive member’s stand on temptation and integrity)

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Everything He did was done in relation to the fulfillment of His purpose. What is your purpose here on earth? What is your personal mission statement? Let’s start thinking about our real purpose here on earth. In doing this, we will have a direction for our lives. We won’t be wandering around through life aimlessly.

2. He stayed in the Scriptures.
  A famous story in the Bible is about Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. Read Matthew 4:1-11 In this story, how did Jesus resist temptation? (He fired shots – God’s Word – at the devil). Knowing the Scriptures helped Jesus resist temptation as well as to fight the devil. Questions: o In what areas of your life do you struggle with temptation? o Have you memorized scriptures to overcome them?
(Leaders, be ready to come up with some verses for the members – regarding their temptation problems - if they don’t have scriptures in mind.)

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If you were faced with your major source of temptation and you can have it without getting caught, what will you do?

Discussion: Jesus was a finisher. We know that for sure because of what He said in John 19:30: “It is finished.” Because of His great sacrifice, the sins of man could be forgiven. But it is important to look at Jesus’ lifestyle before the time of His crucifixion. That is where we’ll find His secret to finishing strong. Jesus’ Secrets to Finishing Strong

3. He stayed alert to the tactics of the enemy.  Aside from the temptation of Jesus, He was also constantly   
tested by the Pharisees (Matthew 22:15-22) The enemy was using the Pharisees to trap Jesus into committing something that will implicate him of defying the government. Jesus was aware of what was happening around Him. Because of His strong relationship to God the Father (daily prayer and devotional time), He was able to stay ahead of Satan’s attacks.

1. He had a personal mission statement.
  Jesus came here on earth with a purpose. God the Father had a plan for Him. He had a mission to fulfill. Luke 4:18-19 In this verse, what was Jesus’ mission statement (purpose)? Because of that, Jesus stayed focused.

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Jesus: Learning from the God-Man Himself Kim/Zarah Lim March 24, 2007 References: Finishing Strong (Steve Farrar); The Leadership Secrets of Jesus (Mike Murdock)


Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

Jesus: Learning from the God-Man Himself Kim/Zarah Lim March 24, 2007 References: Finishing Strong (Steve Farrar); The Leadership Secrets of Jesus (Mike Murdock)


4. He stayed humble.  Jesus did not have a “high and mighty” attitude. Instead, He had
 a servant attitude. Matthew 20:26-28 Philippians 2:5-11 o v.7 – “…but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant…” o v.8 – “…he humbled Himself…” We must be careful of our attitude. Do not let pride take over you because “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12 We must take the attitude of Jesus as our guide for life. Philippians 2:5 “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”

Let us ask ourselves: How’s my prayer life? Is it consistent? Do I spend more time taking a bath than talking to God? Do I spend more time on the phone with my friends than talking to God? Depend on God, be sensitive to His voice, and you will never go wrong.

Conclusion: How will you know if you finished strong (allow time for them to think and answer)? Answer: When you face Jesus at Judgment and He says to you: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Let us follow Jesus’ example and strive to finish strong. It won’t be easy but it’s not impossible! Just put God as our first priority in EVERYTHING, no matter how we feel. Remember, it’s not how we started, but how we finish. If we finish strong, we will reap a reward in heaven. Get the spirit of a finisher! “…he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 10:22) Be ready to report in front what your group has discussed:  What were Jesus’ secrets to finishing strong?  Group insight (Let every member of the group answer then compile the answers to be reported in front): o What will you do in the next 30 days to be a more consistent finisher?

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5. He depended on God.  In everything Jesus did, He depended on God the Father.

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He constantly consulted God. John 5:19 How often do you consult God for guidance regarding your work, your studies, or your personal life? Along with consulting God for everything, we must have a strong prayer life. Jesus’ ministry is successful because He had God on His side. He constantly recharged (through prayer) before and after His mission trips. Mark 6:45-46 – Jesus and His disciples just came from feeding the 5,000 men who attended His teaching/healing session No matter how tired or sleepy He must have been, He never missed an appointment with God. o Luke 6:12 – Before choosing his apostles, Jesus even spent the night praying to God. Even when He was about to be crucified, He did not run away from God. Instead, He ran to God.

Jesus: Learning from the God-Man Himself Kim/Zarah Lim March 24, 2007 References: Finishing Strong (Steve Farrar); The Leadership Secrets of Jesus (Mike Murdock)

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