The Long Haul Part 2: Integrity
1. Integrity: The state of being whole, truthful, honest. Being the same person in public as you are in private.
a. What does the word integrity mean to you?
b. Do you think integrity is important?
c. How personal integrity or the lack of integrity impact our lives?
2. We have put so much value on what others see and think that we have devalued what we believe others cannot
see. Interest focuses on what is seen, while commitment focuses on what is not seen.
a. How do we focus on the unseen portion of our lives?
b. How do we make sure our public life is only a reflection of our private life?
c. How has social media affected this? Has social media tainted the meaning of being a follower?
3. All scripture is to be read through the lens that God is for us, He always has our best in mind, that He desires to
fill us with peace, goodness, and joy. A God more interested in giving than taking. When reading scripture,
how would that perspective change the way you think and live?
4. Our foundation determines how we get through the storms of life. Matt 4:24-27 tells us that knowing Jesus is
only the beginning, the foundation is hearing His words, putting them into practice, actively walking out our
faith, being a doer of the word (James 1:22), regardless of whether anyone is watching.
a. A foundation loses its integrity when it doesn’t get enough water (the Word) and pulls away from the
soil (community). How can you make sure you are getting enough of the Word? How do we make sure
we are staying in healthy spiritual community?
5. Integrity comes when we live with authenticity, transparency, and humility. Staying away from the “I will
always” or “I will never” statements (Matthew 26:31-35 – Peter’s denial). It starts with surrender to the Lord
and giving Him room to work. How can you give God this room to work and lead in every area of your life?
Luke 12:1-3 NLT – Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one
another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is
hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known. What you have
said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be
proclaimed from the roofs.
Matthew 4:24-27 NLT Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise
man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that
house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does
not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and
the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.