- Life Stages
• (Intent: This was a word picture that would immediately bring to mind the principle deity of the city, the sun-god Apollo-Tyrimnos. This appears to be a direct challenge to this supposed god’s authority. See aspects of this description in Rev. 1:14-15, Rev. 19:11-12, Hebrews 12:25-29, and particularly Dan. 10:6.)
• (Intent: We should allow people to express their personal views, but we should not condone beliefs or practices that lead people away from God’s truth and standard of living as revealed in Scripture. This may require us to challenge unbiblical views, especially if expressed in the context of church where some may perceive those erroneous views as being endorsed by the church if they go unchallenged. See Rom. 1:18 and Rom. 14:5-6.)
• (Intent: An example false doctrine taught by some who claim to be Christian is the prosperity gospel. Leaders should try to limit the discussion to clear unbiblical errors rather than issues that have a history of honest debate among mature widely-respected Christians.)
• (Intent: There are consequences that accompany rebellion. While God is patient and longsuffering, eventually He will act, possibly in this life, certainly in the next. Heb. 9:27 – there is a judgment.)
• (Intent: These passages indicate that Christians will possess the Kingdom and judge the world.)
• (Intent: The five are deeds, love, faith, service, and perseverance. Discuss what our part is (obedience), what God’s part is (empowerment through faith in His ability to accomplish in us what we cannot do on our own). Phil 1:6 “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”)
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.