Archive for August, 2010


24Seven: “Faith, Hope, and Love” (Week 3)

Key Passage 1 Corinthians 13, 1 John 3:16, Matthew 22:34-35

Key Takeaways

  • The Christian life is marked by love.  Since Jesus has given us faith and hope through his death and resurrection, our response is to love.
  • Love is not self-seeking but instead is sacrificial.  Just as Christ gave his life for us, we are to give our lives and serve others for his glory.
  • Love is an active choice, a sacrificial love of the will.  Enjoy God’s love and respond to Him by loving others.

Application

Because of God’s incredible love for us, we are called to live a life of love in 3 different ways.

  • Love God
    Are you pursuing God?
    Are you obeying God?  (1 John 2:5)
  • Love the church – brothers and sisters in Christ.
    Are you loving other believers?
    How can you connect with the church and love other believers more?
  • Love the world – non-believers
    Are you carrying God’s message of reconciliation to the world?  (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)
    Who is a non-believer that God has given you a relationship with so that they could see Christ in your life?

Challenge

Read 1 John a few times over the next 2 weeks.  Underline every time it talks about love and examine your life to see how you are loving both God and your neighbor.

Wafuasi: “Kingdom Rhythms” (Week 3)

Key Passage Mark 2:23-28

Additional Texts Genesis 2:1-2, Exodus 20:8-11, Habakuk 2:18-20, Psalm 19:1-2

Key Takeaways

  • Sabbath is not:
    Church
    A nap
    A day of rules and regulations
  • Sabbath is an intentional break to reorient with Christ and his kingdom.
  • Sabbath consists of Reflection, Remembrance and Rejoicing
    Reflecting on how big God is and how small we are
    Remembering the gospel
    Rejoicing in our future

Application

1 – Schedule a 2 hour Sabbath for 4 straight weeks

(Include silence, solitude, bible reading, prayer and thanksgiving)

2 – Schedule a group Sabbath sometime in the next two weeks with a small group of Christians. (This time should be intentional. Pick a topic to discuss and have everyone come prepared. No technology. Do it outside)

3 – Commit to no technology one day a week for 4 straight weeks (no cell, no Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Wii, etc.)

*** Communicate your Sabbath choices to your D-Group leader before Wednesday.

Additional Resources

Long – The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan

Short – Silence and Solitude Blogs (handout available)

Dioko: “Rock Solid Faith” (Week 2)

Key Passage 1 John 1:5-2:2

Key Takeaways

  • Our attitude towards sin reveals whether or not we have rock-solid faith.
  • God is holy and cannot have fellowship with sin.
  • If we claim to have fellowship with God yet pursue sin, we are liars.
  • If we claim to be without sin, we are liars.
  • Rock-solid faith should lead us to confess sin, repent of sin, and find our hope in Jesus Christ.

Application

  1. Is your attitude toward sin dismissive and flippant?  What sin do you need to repent of?
  2. Do you try to hide your sin and pretend like you have everything together?  What sin do you need to confess?
  3. Does your sin cause you to be discouraged?  Are you trusting in Christ to take care of your sin?
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Dioko: “Rock Solid Faith” (Week 1)

Key Passage
1 John 1:1-4

Key Takeaways

  • Rock solid faith is a faith built on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Rock solid faith not only brings us into fellowship with God, but it also brings us into fellowship with other believers.
  • As believers we should be calling other people into relationships with us and ultimately with God.

Application

  • Do you have a personal relationship with Christ?  If not, why not?
  • Are you in fellowship with God and other believers?  What are ways in which you can move into a deeper fellowship with God and other believers?  What is keeping you out of fellowship with God and other believers?
  • Are you calling others to be in fellowship with God?  If not, what is holding you back?

Challenge
Choose one way in which you can move towards fellowship with God and other believers this week and do it!  Also, read through 1 John this week.  Write down what “rock solid faith” looks like according to 1 John.

24Seven: Faith, Hope, and Love” (Week 2)

Key Passage
Romans 8:18-25; 1 Peter 1:21-23

Key Takeaways

  • We have a confident hope in God through what Jesus Christ has done in his death and resurrection.  God has reconciled us to him and given us a new life that will last for eternity.
  • God’s promises give us hope.
  • Hope gives us the strength to live as a foreigner in this world (Heb 11:9), be patient and confident (Rom 8:25), and continue to run the race (Phil 3:14).

Application

  • What do you hope for?
  • Does your life show that your hope is in God?
  • Are you excited about what God has in store for those who love him?  Or are you scared because it’s unknown.  If you are scared, it’s ok; but you need to press into the Lord and pray that he will help you make Him your treasure above all else.

Challenge
Talk with your parents this week about how you see hope in their lives.  Ask them how they see hope in your life as well.  We have to get to a place where we live fully in the present as a response to what God has done and promises to do.