Encountering Jesus completely redefines success.

Discussion Questions

Start Talking

  • Give an example of a time when you felt successful.
    • How long did that feeling of success last?
  • What is success?
    • Are there different types of success?
    • Can you be successful in one area and a failure in another?
  • Where did you get this definition? 
    • Who defined success for you?
  • In whose eyes are you trying to be successful?
    • Who are you trying to impress?
    • Who should you be trying to impress?

Read This

  • Read 2 Timothy 4:6-8
    • What reward are you expecting for finishing the race well?
  • Read Acts 9:1-2
    • Did Paul (who was called Saul) start out the race well?
    • What was he doing?
  • Read Acts 9:3-25
    • What happened next to Saul? 
    • How did he respond?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
    • Once Paul got a mission, from God he went after it wholeheartedly. What have you felt God calling you to do?
    • Have you gone after it wholeheartedly or are you still making excuses?

What Now

  • Why has God given you another day to live?
  • Do you know the purpose that God has for you? 
    • How can we as a group encourage you and support you in walking in that purpose?
  • Is it possible that you feel like a failure because you are running someone else’s race?
    • How can we as a group help you gain clarity in your purpose?
  • How can we as a group encourage each other to finish the race well?
    • How can we help each other find our purpose, to pursue our purpose, and to be faithful in our purpose until the end?


Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. – Francis Chan

Additional Resources

Bible Reading Plan 

Scripture: Philippians 3:7-8

Scripture: Acts 20:24

Book: Garden City by John Mark Comer