- Life Stages
• Intent: Draw a comparison between the intensity of these personal reactions and the intensity of the Lord’s words.
• Intent: For example, love, faith, deeds, perseverance, intolerance of evil people, testing doctrine, persecution, and staying true to Jesus.
• Intent: Discuss attributes of being lukewarm, which include a lack of the qualities listed in the intent of question 2. Also, see Eph. 2:8-10 – saved by grace for good works – and Matt.25:44-45 – sheep and the goats.
• Intent: Discuss how we can be deceived into thinking we have God’s favor because we are materially wealthy. See Proverbs 28:11 – The rich man is wise in his own eyes. Explore the difference between material and spiritual wealth. Also see John 9:39 – Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."
• Intent: Living faith purified in the furnace of affliction, true holiness, and spiritual illumination (Matthew Henry commentary). See 1 Pet. 1:6-8 regarding gold. See Rev. 6:11 and 7:9 for white garment (robe). Contrast white garments with filthy rags of Isa. 64:6.
• Intent: See Heb. 12:5-11. Parents, like Christ, discipline their children, sometimes harshly, out of love for their good and protection.
• Intent: Discuss how having a meal with someone is usually associated with taking time to connect. See Mk. 2:15-17.
• Intent: We may be incapable of properly assessing ourselves. Pride, as C.S. Lewis and others have said, is blind.
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.