Pathway Process :: DNA Primer

Week 10: Growing  How To Persevere



Watch the following video together:

{ Question 1 }

After watching the above video, what connections do you see to what Susan David is saying and what we discussed about “How to Persevere” out of Psalm 73?

Read and consider the following quote together:

Sin demands a response. Consequently, we cannot simply condone it. But neither are we fit to take on its condemnation. After all, all sin is ultimately before God and thus deserving of the eternal punishment of death. The best news is that God atones for our sin for us, which is to say He let’s you go free though the cost to Him is far from free. He’s taken the penalty, so that we can come before and hear from Him! This is the key to preserving; knowing how to continually come before the Lord in the freedom of the Gospel!


{ Question 2 }

As you consider your own life, are you more prone to Condemning or Condoning sin and struggle. Discuss together?


{ Question 3 }

From your experience, what have been the effects of your propensity toward either Condemnation or Condoning? (i.e., Many who have a habit of condemning perpetually feel less than; as if God merely tolerates them; and/or sapped of the joy of the Lord, while many who have a habit of condoning can go long periods of time without ever seeing real spiritual growth; tend to look like Christians in name only, meaning hold to a profession of Christ, but who’s practice in life would say otherwise.)


{ Question 4 }

What might be the implications for your life if you believed you were truly free to bring your sin and struggle before the Lord with compassionate curiosity rather than condemnation or condoning?



Read the following passage together:

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 
Hebrews 4:14-16 


{ Question 5 }

As a DNA Group, spend time praying together. Ask the Lord to warm your heart with the understanding that in and because of Christ, you are utterly free to come before the Father with any amount of struggle, sin, mess or frustration!



DNA Plan

Discuss together how you can make specific, measurable plans for taking a more Compassionately Curious posture when you face struggles of various kinds this week!