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We each have a reputation—what we’re known for and what people believe about us. Our reputations matter because they impact how much people trust us and how much they engage with us. But it’s even bigger than that, because when you represent something bigger than you, your reputation’s impact goes beyond you. How people see the church—and, by extension, Jesus—is often a function of how they see those who claim to follow Jesus. We have an opportunity to help repair that reputation.


Proverbs 22:1

Proverbs 3:3-4


1. What person or place stands out to you because of their reputation? What are they known for? 

2.  What do you think your reputation was in high school? Was it an accurate depiction of you? What do you think your reputation is now? (at school, work, relationships, etc.)

3. How have your experiences with the church either confirmed or challenged the reputation of the church in our culture?

Read Proverbs 3:3–4 as a group.

4. What are some ways we can begin to repair the reputation of the local church individually and corporately?

5. What would it look like for you to live out and model love and faithfulness?



“Repetition creates reputation.” Challenge your group to think about the things they are repeating and the reputation they are forming of themselves and the church.