Misdirected Passion – Northwest Bible Church

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Misdirected Passion

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

Key Scripture

James 4:1–3

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Take Away / Application

Instilling a passion for God over a passion for pleasure.

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as the discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. As a group, define pleasure. What brings you the most pleasure or joy in your life?
  2. List some wants versus needs. How do we get our wants and needs mixed up?
  3. Read Psalm 16:11. When and how does God-given pleasure get out of whack in our lives
  4. Misdirected pleasure leads to disruption, destruction and defective prayers in our lives. Have you personally experienced or witnessed this take place? Share.
  5. In what areas of life do you have a tendency to trade a passion for God with the passion for pleasure?
  6. When looking at our life, it’s not if we have pride, but where is it? In what areas or where does pride creep into your life the most? In combating pride, read the following verses Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:1–17.
  7. Would you say you have personal peace? Why or why not?
  8. We can let the pace of life ruin the grace of life. How is your pace of life right now? Does God get squeezed out due to the pace of your life? Read Psalm 46:1–3, 7–11 and 1 Kings 19:9–12.
  9. Compared to a passion for God, how can Galatians 5:22–23 help put pleasure in its rightful rank in your life?

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Scripture Reference



Contentment, Fulfillment, God, Happiness, Pleasure, Satisfaction, Self, Self-seeking