1. Take some time and share names of people you know personally that are living as winners. Explain what you see in them that makes them a winner.
2. Pastor Rich talked about how we live as losers even though God has declared us to be winners in Christ. He described how winning daily requires a game plan. That game plan is outlined for us throughout the scriptures. Discuss the quote he made “…Progress toward winning hinders unbelief.” How did this relate to the Israelites in the wilderness? To us as believers?
3. Practice is often hard, painful, frustrating and exhausting. Joshua had to practice engaging his faith even in the most foolish and trying situations with the children of God in the desert. Joshua 1:7-8 Practice can feel and look like defeat sometimes, but it is an opportunity to make adjustments, build stamina and hone our skills. What are ways you are practicing to win in life? Spiritually? How often do you practice? What are the difficulties or dislikes you face that make you want to just quit?
4. Part of practicing well is using the right equipment. Do we know how to use the equipment God has given us to win? Name each of the garments represented in the Spiritual Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-18. Describe ways they were meant to be used in our daily lives. What pieces do you need to practice more with to develop your faith? Which pieces are you most efficient with and why?
5. No matter how hard and long we practice, eventually we have to get in the game and play. We have to take that first step just as the Israelites had to take the first step into the water to cross the Jordan River to enter the promise land - Joshua 3:14-17. What is the first step you need to take to move from practicing to playing? First steps require commitment. What do you need to commit to? What will others see in you as you play to win?
6. Every win deserves a celebration. As the children of Israel walked in faith and in silence around the wall of Jericho there was a shout of victory brewing within them - Joshua 6:15-21. When was the last time you celebrated a victory? How did it feel to let out exaltation to God for what He had achieved in you? What can you celebrate today? Right now?