Share an experience of a small problem snowballing into a larger problem because of  procrastination.     

Summary:  One of the first things we should do after beginning our Christian life is to clear up our past with our old way of living. 

Read  Luke 19:5-9 and Acts 19:18-19 and ask the following questions:

            • What appears to be the main idea emphasized in these verses?
            • What compelled Zaccheus to both give away half of his possessions to the poor and restore four times as much to anyone whom he had cheated?   
            • Why do you think it was important for the Ephesians to burn their books of magic after believing in Christ?
            • What can we learn from these two accounts?
      • What are the things of the past that need to be cleared away after we are saved? What are the objects which must be ended and cleared up?
      • To what extent should we proceed in ending our past? Read Romans 8:5-6.
      • How is what the bible says concerning the clearance of the past different from those that have influenced you? (such as your family, culture, peers, church, etc.)
      • In light of  what we have discussed, how can we pray for each other right now?
      • Take a few minutes right now to pray concerning anything from your past with which needs to be dealt. 
Consider one person in your life who needs the Lord. How can we bring Christ to them this week?
Some examples of ways to bring Christ to people:
      • Pray that their hearts would be soft and opened.
      • If the opportunity presents itself, tell them what you learned this week about what the Bible says concerning clearance of the past.
      • Show them they matter to you by spending quality time with them (e.g. workout, get lunch, study together, etc.)
      • Encourage them through a phone call, video call, or text message.
      • Ask for their perspective about things going on around them in the world.

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