- Life Stages
• Intent: Because of His love, God’s mercy has saved us by grace and made us alive in Christ Jesus.
• Intent: Before becoming a Christian, our works tended to be prompted by a selfish motive. After we are in Christ, the Holy Spirit motivates and enables us to do truly good works out of love for the Lord and others. See Mk. 10:18 for the contextual meaning of "good" used in this passage. People may be more or less good or bad, but only God is absolutely, perfectly, eternally good. Before the gospel can be received, people must understand that they are not good in God’s sight, and that no amount of human effort or religious observance can make them so.
• Intent: James 2:19 tells us that Satan’s demons have Bible knowledge and rebelled. Our motivation, on the other hand, is love (Jas 2:8, 1 Cor. 13). If we do not have love, first for God, then people, we will likewise fail to apply our Bible knowledge and miss the “good works” that God formed for each of us before the foundation of the earth.
• Intent: By spending significant time meditating on His word (Psalm 119) and in prayer, the Holy Spirit grows our love for God and others, revealing how we might minister in Christ’s name.
• Intent: Responses may include recognizing and appreciating that the Lord uniquely created each individual, and God planned specific good works for each person to do.
• Intent: To bring God glory and point people back to Him (Matt. 5:16).
Does Christianity stand the test of authenticity? Come be encouraged and invigorated as we walk through the gospel according to Luke, a man who knew why he believed what he believed and tested it's verisimilitude.
If God handed you a million dollars today to fuel His mission on earth, how would you invest it? What organizations, groups, charities, people groups, etc. would you give to, and why?
Sometimes special experiences have a way of snapping us back to reality more than a 1000 well-crafted words could ever do. Enter into one of those moments with Jillian Finkbeiner as she captures her last glorious moments with her mother.
"Great job!" "I am so proud of you!" "Way to go!" Some have known the power of these words spoken over them by a person they truly look up to. Expressions like "That's my boy!" or "That's my girl!" carry incredible significance in life. How much more the impact when God, the Creator of the Universe, rejoicingly speaks the words of "Well Done!" over you. This week's GROW Group Questions are a reflection on winning that moment with God.
Mine, mine, mine.... These words seem to repeatedly echo from the halls of households raising two and three year-olds. While many of us grew out of that language, not all of us grew out of that mindset. This week could be rewardingly uncomfortable as we examine whether 'mine' still has a place in our heart's language.