Aim

To be inspired to run the race with greatness and grace.

Discussion Questions

  1. In this session, John Ortberg shared a number of inspirational stories. Which one did you find the most compelling?
    • The stories about the famous racehorse Seabiscuit.
    • Gordon MacDonald illustration about considering whether or not he has a "quitter's gene."
    • An Ohio high school football player (Jake Porter) scoring a touchdown.
  2. Henry Cloud contends that few business leaders received any training in how to lose. Has that been your experience? How can we better prepare people to lose and why is that so important?
  3. John challenged us to consider what we would write on the dash between the date when we were born and the date when we will die. Is anyone willing to share what he or she hopes will be on the dash?
  4. John references Hebrews 11 often. Focus in on one example from the list and ask how we can be challenged today to run the race with grace. Moses (Hebrews 11:23-28) would be a great choice.
  5. In the verses that immediately follow Hebrews 11, the author of Hebrews challenges readers that in order to run the race we should: (1) Throw off any hindrance. (2) Sin that entangles. (3) Fix our eyes on Christ. Can you identify anything that is slowing you down that you need to pitch - - even good things can add extra weight. Are you tangled up in any sins that you need to decide today to discuss with an accountability partner?
  6. In Hebrews 12:3, what does the author of Hebrews say motivated Christ to endure the Cross? How can we be motivated in the same way?
  7. Don't forget to remind one another of the gospel and the truth that there is no condemnation for those who know Christ. If you don't do this, you may find that you are discouraged when examining your lives.

Follow-Up

  1. Pinnacle Forum partners are committed to leading and acting. Our dream is that we will be change initiators. Take time to evaluate how you are doing in this goal? What actions (big or small) have you taken in the last 2-3 months to encourage others for Christ:
    • Have you encouraged your spouse? Is it time to buy flowers or write a note?
    • If you did an inventory of your use of resources (time, talents, and treasure) would the use of your resources show a priority of Christ?
    • Is there some small (5-10 minutes) task that you could act on today that would encourage someone else?