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Interactions: Character (Interactions Small Group Series)

Kevin HarneyBill Hybels

Interactions: Character (Interactions Small Group Series)

Kevin HarneyBill Hybels

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Courage. Discipline. Confidence. Patience. Endurance. Contentment. They're qualities that can take a lifetime to acquire. Qualities money can't buy. But here's good news: God says you can have them all!

In Character, you will discover how firmly God is committed to forming noble qualities within you. He wants your character to deepen even more than you do - and He has the power to do something about it! If you're ready to journey toward the kind of character you've always admired, here is a path of radical, God-empowered change and growth - and a transformed, more Christlike you.

Interactions - a powerful and challenging tool for building deep relationships between you and your group members, and you and God. Interactions is far more than another group Bible study; it's a cutting-edge series designed to help small group participants develop into fully devoted followers of Christ.



- Publisher CharacterCopyright 1997 by Willow Creek AssociationRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530ISBN-10: 0-310-26602-5ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26602-0All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New InternationalVersion. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission ofZondervan. All rights reserved.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, ortransmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.Interior design by Rick Devon & Michelle EspinozaPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1We want to hear from you. Please send your comments about thisbook to us in care of zreview@zondervan.com. Thank you.SESSION 1CHARACTERCOURAGETHE BIG PICTUREMy dad fought in World War II, so I grew up listening to warstories. His stories about human courage in the face of fearand struggle had a magnetic effect on me-I could not pullaway from his side when he told them.My father was sort of an eccentric person. He once bought asailboat in Ireland and sailed it across the Atlantic Ocean,enduring a five-day hurricane and facing many other challengeson the open sea. Before he set sail he collected and reada small library of books on sailing, so he had some idea whathe was in for. But it was still a trip to be remembered for alifetime.Over the years I think I have read every book my dad collectedin anticipation of that journey. He had books about oceancrossings, shipping disasters, the sinking of the Titanic, and allsorts of other ocean adventures. Whenever I would get to thepart where the ship was going down and there weren''tenough life jackets, my heart would start to race and mythroat would get dry. When some guy said bravely, "Take mylife jacket," committing himself to the cold, shark-infestedwaters of the ocean, something happened inside of me. Everytime I read an account of someone saying, "Take my seat inthe life boat. I''ll go down," my breath would get short and mypulse would start to race. This was real-life courage!The truth is, anytime I hear about someone demonstratingcourage rather than cowardliness, something happens insideof me. I find myself saying, "That''s what I want to be like. Iwish I had more of that in my life. I don''t want my life debilitatedby fear. I don''t want to live life paralyzed by worry. Idon''t want to compromise my convictions. I don''t want toquit when I face difficult challenges. I don''t want to be a coward.I want to be a person of courage!"A W I D E A N G L E V I E W1. Describe an act of courage you have witnessed.What are some of the ordinary, day-to-day acts of couragethat people perform without ever being noticed?A B I B L I C A L P O R T R A I T2. The apostle Paul exhibits a spirit of courage and deepcommitment in this passage. What seems to drive ormotivate him to remain courageous?How does the example of Paul challenge or move you to wantto be more courageous?3. This passage says God does not put a spirit of "timidity"or cowardice in His followers. Illustrate what youthink a spirit of timidity looks like in one of these areas:- In a marriage- In a friendship- In the marketplace- In raising childrenS H A R P E N I N G T H E F O C U SRead Snapshot "Spiritual Courage"4. Respond to this statement: Christianity is for cowards;it is a crutch for the weak!How did you exercise courage when you first became a followerof Christ?SPIRITUAL COURAGEI want to dissect the concept of courage into smaller pieces so we can really get a look at it. We needto examine how courage relates to different dimensions of our lives. First, I want to focus on spiritualcourage. You see, we don''t often think of courage in spiritual terms. But we have all heard the wellwornexpression, "Chris

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There are no discount character stores.

Courage. Discipline. Confidence. Patience. Endurance. Contentment. They're qualities that can take a lifetime to acquire. Qualities money can't buy. But here's good news: God says you can have them all!

In Character, you will discover how firmly God is committed to forming noble qualities within you. He wants your character to deepen even more than you do - and He has the power to do something about it! If you're ready to journey toward the kind of character you've always admired, here is a path of radical, God-empowered change and growth - and a transformed, more Christlike you.

Interactions - a powerful and challenging tool for building deep relationships between you and your group members, and you and God. Interactions is far more than another group Bible study; it's a cutting-edge series designed to help small group participants develop into fully devoted followers of Christ.


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CharacterCopyright 1997 by Willow Creek AssociationRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530ISBN-10: 0-310-26602-5ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26602-0All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New InternationalVersion. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission ofZondervan. All rights reserved.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, ortransmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.Interior design by Rick Devon & Michelle EspinozaPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1We want to hear from you. Please send your comments about thisbook to us in care of zreview@zondervan.com. Thank you.SESSION 1CHARACTERCOURAGETHE BIG PICTUREMy dad fought in World War II, so I grew up listening to warstories. His stories about human courage in the face of fearand struggle had a magnetic effect on me-I could not pullaway from his side when he told them.My father was sort of an eccentric person. He once bought asailboat in Ireland and sailed it across the Atlantic Ocean,enduring a five-day hurricane and facing many other challengeson the open sea. Before he set sail he collected and reada small library of books on sailing, so he had some idea whathe was in for. But it was still a trip to be remembered for alifetime.Over the years I think I have read every book my dad collectedin anticipation of that journey. He had books about oceancrossings, shipping disasters, the sinking of the Titanic, and allsorts of other ocean adventures. Whenever I would get to thepart where the ship was going down and there weren''tenough life jackets, my heart would start to race and mythroat would get dry. When some guy said bravely, "Take mylife jacket," committing himself to the cold, shark-infestedwaters of the ocean, something happened inside of me. Everytime I read an account of someone saying, "Take my seat inthe life boat. I''ll go down," my breath would get short and mypulse would start to race. This was real-life courage!The truth is, anytime I hear about someone demonstratingcourage rather than cowardliness, something happens insideof me. I find myself saying, "That''s what I want to be like. Iwish I had more of that in my life. I don''t want my life debilitatedby fear. I don''t want to live life paralyzed by worry. Idon''t want to compromise my convictions. I don''t want toquit when I face difficult challenges. I don''t want to be a coward.I want to be a person of courage!"A W I D E A N G L E V I E W1. Describe an act of courage you have witnessed.What are some of the ordinary, day-to-day acts of couragethat people perform without ever being noticed?A B I B L I C A L P O R T R A I T2. The apostle Paul exhibits a spirit of courage and deepcommitment in this passage. What seems to drive ormotivate him to remain courageous?How does the example of Paul challenge or move you to wantto be more courageous?3. This passage says God does not put a spirit of "timidity"or cowardice in His followers. Illustrate what youthink a spirit of timidity looks like in one of these areas:- In a marriage- In a friendship- In the marketplace- In raising childrenS H A R P E N I N G T H E F O C U SRead Snapshot "Spiritual Courage"4. Respond to this statement: Christianity is for cowards;it is a crutch for the weak!How did you exercise courage when you first became a followerof Christ?SPIRITUAL COURAGEI want to dissect the concept of courage into smaller pieces so we can really get a look at it. We needto examine how courage relates to different dimensions of our lives. First, I want to focus on spiritualcourage. You see, we don''t often think of courage in spiritual terms. But we have all heard the wellwornexpression, "Chris
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Meet the Authors

Kevin Harney

Kevin G. Harney is the Teaching Pastor and Evangelism Champion at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana and Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, MI. He is also on the Teaching Team of the campus ministry at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He is author of Leadership from the Inside Out: Examining the Inner Life of a Healthy Church Leader; Seismic Shifts, the little changes that make a BIG difference in your life; John: An Intimate Look at the Saviour; Ephesians: Bringing Heaven to Earth, and co-author of the Willow Creek Interactions series, the Willow Creek New Community series, the Old Testament Challenge series, and Finding a Church You Can Love and Loving the Church You've Found.

Bill Hybels

Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, one of the largest and most influential churches in North America, and the chairman of the board for Willow Creek Association. He convened The Global Leadership Summit in 1995, following a God-given prompting to help raise and develop the spiritual gift of leadership for the local church.

Both visionary and passionate about seeing every local church reach its full God-given potential, he speaks around the world on strategic issues related to leadership, evangelism, and church growth. An exceptional communicator, he is a best-selling author of more than 20 books on personal evangelism, marriage and especially on the subject of Christian leadership, including Just Walk Across the Room, Courageous Leadership and the newly released, The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God and Having the Guts to Respond.

Bill received a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, IL. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and one grandson.

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Interactions...7
  • Introduction: Reclaiming Six
  • Endangered Qualities...9
  • Session 1
  • Courage...11
  • Session 2
  • Discipline...19
  • Session 3
  • Confidence...27
  • Session 4
  • Patience...35
  • Session 5
  • Endurance...41
  • Session 6
  • Contentment...47
  • Leader's Notes...53

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Excerpt from: Interactions: Character (Interactions Small Group Series)

SESSION 1 CHARACTER COURAGE THE BIG PICTURE My dad fought in World War II, so I grew up listening to war stories. His stories about human courage in the face of fear and struggle had a magnetic effect on me---I could not pull away from his side when he told them. My father was sort of an eccentric person. He once bought a sailboat in Ireland and sailed it across the Atlantic Ocean, enduring a five-day hurricane and facing many other challenges on the open sea. Before he set sail he collected and read a small library of books on sailing, so he had some idea what he was in for. But it was still a trip to be remembered for a lifetime. Over the years I think I have read every book my dad collected in anticipation of that journey. He had books about ocean crossings, shipping disasters, the sinking of the Titanic, and all sorts of other ocean adventures. Whenever I would get to the part where the ship was going down and there weren't enough life jackets, my heart would start to race and my throat would get dry. When some guy said bravely, 'Take my life jacket,' committing himself to the cold, shark-infested waters of the ocean, something happened inside of me. Every time I read an account of someone saying, 'Take my seat in the life boat. I'll go down,' my breath would get short and my pulse would start to race. This was real-life courage! The truth is, anytime I hear about someone demonstrating courage rather than cowardliness, something happens inside of me. I find myself saying, 'That's what I want to be like. I wish I had more of that in my life. I don't want my life debilitated by fear. I don't want to live life paralyzed by worry. I don't want to compromise my convictions. I don't want to quit when I face difficult challenges. I don't want to be a coward. I want to be a person of courage!' A W I D E A N G L E V I E W 1. Describe an act of courage you have witnessed. What are some of the ordinary, day-to-day acts of courage that people perform without ever being noticed? A B I B L I C A L P O R T R A I T 2. The apostle Paul exhibits a spirit of courage and deep commitment in this passage. What seems to drive or motivate him to remain courageous? How does the example of Paul challenge or move you to want to be more courageous? 3. This passage says God does not put a spirit of 'timidity' or cowardice in His followers. Illustrate what you think a spirit of timidity looks like in one of these areas: * In a marriage * In a friendship * In the marketplace * In raising children S H A R P E N I N G T H E F O C U S Read Snapshot 'Spiritual Courage' 4. Respond to this statement: Christianity is for cowards; it is a crutch for the weak! How did you exercise courage when you first became a follower of Christ? SPIRITUAL COURAGE I want to dissect the concept of courage into smaller pieces so we can really get a look at it. We need to examine how courage relates to different dimensions of our lives. First, I want to focus on spiritual courage. You see, we don't often think of courage in spiritual terms. But we have all heard the wellworn expression, 'Christianity is for weak people.' Some people think Christianity is for cowards and crutch-users. I've always been fascinated by this accusation because I have found the exact opposite to be true. I marvel at the incredible amount of courage it takes to even become a Christian. Following Christ demands the best we have. It calls for more than we can give. Living as a fully devoted follower of Christ takes courage on a daily basis for the rest of our lives! 5. How does living as a fully devoted follower of Christ demand courage from you in one of the following areas: * In your workplace * Where you live * In your friendships with seekers * In your family Read Snapshot 'Moral Courage' 6. What does moral courage look like in one of these areas: * When it comes time to do your taxes * When sexual temptation lurks at the door * When you have given into a temptation and been caught * When you are tempted to bend the truth to avoid conflict MORAL COURAGE Have you ever thought about how much moral courage it takes to operate ethically and honestly in the marketplace? Too often we lack the courage to admit the truth. We want to please customers so we say, 'The shipment will be there Monday,' even though we know it won't be there until Wednesday. Christians are also called to be courageous morally when it comes to financial matters. Each year, as we pay income tax, we see who is courageous and who is a coward. We either demonstrate moral courage by reporting all our income, or we cave in and have to admit to being moral cowards. And how about staying sexually pure in a sex-crazed culture? It seems to me that it takes a tremendous amount of courage to stand by your convictions even when everyone else says you are hopelessly idealistic, old-fashioned, and a little bit strange. 7. How and where in your life are you being pressured to cave in morally and not exercise courage? Explain. What support can your small group members offer you to help you live with courage in this area of your life? Read Snapshot 'Relational Courage' 8. How have you seen courage build a healthy relationship? Describe a time you saw cowardice undermine and destroy a relationship. RELATIONAL COURAGE When people ask me, 'What does it take to build a meaningful marriage?' I am sure to say, 'A good marriage is made up of varying ingredients, but one thing I know for sure is that it takes courage.' For a relationship to flourish in a marriage, there must be intimacy. And it takes an enormous amount of courage to become vulnerable and self-disclosing. A coward can't say, 'This is who I am. I'm not proud of it, but this is who I am.' This same depth of courage is mandatory for authentic relationships between friends, between parents and children, or between colleagues at work. Courage is always an essential element in an authentic relationship. 9. What is one relationship you need to strengthen by exercising more courage? What is one thing you will do to courageously strengthen this relationship? P U T T I N G Y O U R S E L F I N T H E P I C T U R E FACING YOUR FEARS Growing in courage has something to do with facing crippling fears. We tend to think that courageous people were born without fear. In actuality, courageous people are ordinary people like you and me who began, at some point, to face their fears rather than retreat from them. Courageous people have learned that facing fear usually diffuses it, while running from fear tends to intensify it. My dad knew this principle, and he often challenged me to face my fears. I remember being out on his sailboat on a day when there were huge waves on Lake Michigan. We were coming in between two cement piers and the waves were tossing us one way and the other when my dad said, 'I've got to go down below. You take over the helm, Billy.'

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  • Catalogue Code 232841
  • Product Code 0310266025
  • EAN 9780310266020
  • UPC 025986266028
  • Pages 80
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Studies
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Jul 2005
  • Sales Rank #22513
  • Dimensions 227 x 150 x 6 mm
  • Weight 0.117kg

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