Principle-Based Living

New Philly Itaewon
Preached by Marcus Corpening on November 30, 2014, Sunday.
Duration: 55 minutes (audio)


Discussion Questions

  1. Read Matthew 4:1-3, James 1:2-3, and Job 23:10. If Jesus himself was tempted and tried in the wilderness, what does that say for us? What has been your attitude towards temptations and trials up until this point – are you surprised, fearful, or alert?
  2. Jesus was tempted privately immediately after being exalted publicly, and P. Marcus noted in his sermon that God often times allows this so that our public and private lives will match up. Do you feel like your public and private life are one? What is one way that you often feel tried or tempted in private? (Leaders, lead in vulnerability.)/li>
  3. Read Joshua 24:14-15. What does Joshua say in verse 15? How does this relate to responding to temptation and trials in our lives?
  4. P. Marcus talked about you never consistently pass a test that you don’t prepare in advance to take. We do this by cultivating strong principles and values. Consider your personal work context (whether in education, business, entertainment, etc) – what is one time that you’ve been tempted to compromise or cut corners? How would you say that people in your work context compromise or fail morally because of a lack of strong values?
  5. Who is one person (either in history, or that you know personally) that you would say has strong character? What are some values or principles that they have exemplified in their lives?
  6. Take the rest of the time to identify your own core values together. Share them together, and then commit to take the rest of the week to develop them more, and share them again (more finalised) next CG meeting.
  7. Here are five steps below to develop your personal values:
    (from Dr. Myles Munroe, “The Power of Character in Leadership”)
    1) Identify Values
    – Think through purpose and values
    – Convictions
    – Vision For the Future
    2) Believe in Your Values
    – Embrace only those values that you are confident in and desire to live by.
    3) Receive Your Values
    – Review your values consistently, think about them, and affirm them.
    4) Live Your Values Out
    – Make sure your values have some sort of practical application.
    – Periodically go back and evaluate your values.
    5) Share Your Values


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