Frustrated. Confused. Happy. Elated. Depressed. Feelings can lead us in many different directions when it comes to our relationships, but what if it doesn’t have to be that way? In this series, we’ll discover how to strengthen the relationships in your life!
Life Group Videos
We’re encouraging everyone to join a Life Group for this series! In Life Groups, we’ll use the videos and discussion questions below to dive deeper into the big ideas we discuss during our Weekend Experience.
Week 1 - Nothing
Healthy relationships don’t happen by accident. They require intentionality, care and regular maintenance. But sometimes we don’t want to make the effort. As long as it’s not broken, do we really need to talk about it?
Week 1 – Nothing
- Wow, that teaching was full of a lot of truth. What are some of the things Pastor Andy said that stood out to you?
- When you run into conflict in a relationship, is your tendency to leave, try to win, conform, or compromise? How has that worked in the past?
- Read Ephesians 5:1–2. Does the idea of “giving yourself up” to another person—without the expectation that they will fulfill your hopes, dreams, and desires—seem reasonable? Why or why not?
- During the message Andy said, “Christianity isn’t about getting what we deserve or giving to others what they deserve. It’s about getting what we don’t deserve and doing for others what was done for us. That reduces relationships to a submission competition—a race to the back of the line.” Does that sound like a realistic approach to relationships? Why or why not?
- As we close today, take some time this week to think about the two questions Andy posed at the end of his teaching: What’s in your box? Are you expecting someone else to carry it around for you?
Week 2 - It’s Mutual
We all enter relationships with hopes, dreams, and desires which create expectations. But when you put those expectations on others, it turns those relationships into a debt/debtor relationship. So, how do you keep your hopes, dreams, and desires from becoming expectations?
Week 2 – It’s Mutual
- Once again, a thought-provoking teaching from Pastor Andy Stanley. Any initial thoughts on today’s talk? What stood out to you?
- Can you relate to feeling like you’re in a tug of war in any of your relationships?
- We’ve learned that mutual submission is what makes relationships work. Is there an area of a significant relationship in your life where you know you need to go first and “drop the rope?”
- Andy talked about how “less self” relationships are the richest relationships. Do you agree or disagree? In what ways can you begin to walk out “less self?”
- Read John. 13:34. What are some practical ways you can begin to love others the way Christ has loved you?