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Part 2: The Starting Line



This study guide is provided for OneLife Home Groups to use as the guide for your time together. You can also use it to go deeper on your own throughout the week! Need to join a home group? Click here!


Child Dedications & Parent Meeting

At OneLife we are committed to the partnership between the church and the family so that our children have a solid foundation of Jesus as they grow up. A few times each year we encourage our families with younger children to make this commitment public through a special time of our service called child dedications. If you would like more information or would like to participate in our next child dedication on January 28, then write “child dedications” on your Connection Card. There will be a meeting for parents on Sunday, January 21 during the first service at 9am in The Meeting Room.

Join a Home Group

One of our values at OneLife is that we don’t do life alone! So we encourage everyone to take the next step of joining a Home Group. These small groups of 10-12 people meet in homes throughout the city at different days and times during the week and allow you to connect with and share life with other people. We’ll have a home groups launch event on Sunday, January 28 at 12:15pm right after the second service. To sign up go by Next Steps in the lobby of your Campus or for more information about Home Groups go to

OneLife Students

OneLife’s Student Ministry meets every Wednesday night at 6:30pm at each campus. If you’re in middle or high school, this is a great way for you to get to know other students, grow in your faith, and have a lot of fun too! If you’d like more information about OneLife Students stop by the student banner in the lobby of your Campus or go to


If you’ve given your life to Jesus, but haven’t gone public with your story through baptism, then it’s time to take that next step! Go to so that we can help you get started.


Think back through Sunday’s message. What stuck out?

Key Scriptures:

Key Scriptures: 1 Timothy 4:7-13; Psalm 119:11; 1 Peter 3:15

Bottom Line:

To have the best ever I have to train for what comes later.

Key Notes:

  • Training is hard.
  • I can’t let me limit me.
  • Scripture is the best place to start.
  • Training helps me avoid sin and overcome temptation.
  • Training helps me live on mission.


Start Talking – Get the Conversation Started!

  • Think back to a time when you had to train for something. Encourage everyone in the group to share something. What was it like? How did the thing you were training for turn out?
  • Have you ever trained for something and weren’t able to do the thing that you were training for?
  • What’s the most unexpected thing that’s ever happened to you? It can be good, bad, funny, or serious.

Start Thinking

  • Read 1 Timothy 4:7-10. If we’re going to train for whatever comes later, what should we expect? What is it like to train?
  • Read Psalm 119:11 and 1 Peter 3:15. What are the benefits to starting with scripture? Why is the Bible the best place for us to start when it comes to training for whatever comes our way?

Start Sharing

  • When someone asks about the hope that you have, how do you explain it? If someone asked, how would you give an answer for your hope? Leaders, this is an opportunity for everyone to work on sharing their story.
  • Have you ever been spiritually bored? How would living on mission change that for you? Who are some people that you can share your hope with this week?

Start Doing

  • Read the verse of the day together. What comes to light as you emphasize different words? How would you pre-digest this verse? What would it sound like to pray this verse back to God?
  • What are some practical steps that you can take to make sure that training with scripture is about more than just learning more? How can you make sure that you’re living on mission using what you learn?

Start Praying

  • Take some time to thank God that he gave us his word to show us how to make a difference.
  • Confess to God the ways you’ve ignored training or ignored the mission when you’ve trained without even realizing it.
  • Ask God to show you some people in your life with whom you could start to share your hope.

Start Digging

  • Read John 9. How did the blind man explain Jesus (his hope) to the Pharisees?

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