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sermon-based study guide

This guide is designed to guide a group discussion around the weekend sermon. You can also use this as an individual, but we highly recommend finding a friend and inviting them to discuss with you. Menlo Church has Life Groups meeting in-person and online using these guides. We’d love to help you find a group.
What you will find in this guide: A discussion guide for groups and individuals. If you are using this as an individual be sure to engage with each question in a journal or simply in your mind as you prayerfully consider what you heard in the sermon and seek to discover what God is inviting you to know and do.

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BEYOND THE BASICS |June 30, 2024


What’s a habit or mindset you’ve had since childhood that has stuck with you? Is it something positive or something you’ve had to work on changing?


Read Romans 8:5-8 aloud as a group and discuss:

  • In this passage, how does Paul describe the difference between living according to the flesh and living according to the Spirit?
  • In your own words, what does it mean to "set your minds on the things of the flesh" or "the things of the Spirit?" v5
  • What are the consequences of having a mindset governed by the flesh versus a mindset governed by the Spirit?


  • Our mindsets play a crucial role in shaping our spiritual lives, discuss the concept of neuropathways and how our habits create mental maps. 
  • How can we identify areas in our lives where our fleshly mindsets might be hindering our spiritual growth? 
  • Refer to Philippians 4:8 and discuss what it means to "fuel your mind" with positive and uplifting things.
  • What practical steps can you take this week to set your mind on the things of the Spirit? How can you ensure these steps become a regular part of your life?


  • Invite each group member to share one area where they feel challenged to change their mindset from the flesh to the Spirit. 
  • After sharing, spend a few moments in silent prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to guide and empower each person in these areas.
  • Conclude with a group prayer, asking God to help everyone set their minds on the things of the Spirit, bringing life and peace into their daily lives.