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Pursuit (2) - Questions

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1 Corinthians 15:9-10

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Why was Paul so surprised and grateful that God called him to be an apostle? Is Paul bragging about his hard work here? Is he saying he was better than the other apostles? What role did God’s grace play in Paul’s life.

Obviously, we need God’s grace at the start of our life as a Christian. Why? Why then do we need God’s grace as we continue to live as a Christian? How might the image of a dad helping his son push a wheelbarrow be a good metaphor on how grace continues to operate in the Christian’s life.

Does the image of a 747 burning through fuel help you grasp that you need to “burn” through grace as you flee sin and pursue righteousness? Does God give more grace to those who passionately obey Him?

Which of these 5 steps of burning through grace is the easiest and which one is the hardest? What’s your next step?

  1. Choice

  2. First Step

  3. Second, Third … Step

  4. Time

  5. Community

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Joshua 1:2-6

Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.  No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

How do these 5 points from the Conquest of Canaan apply to our lives as Christians?

  1. Initial Miracle

  2. Continual Fight

  3. God GAVE the Land

  4. Then Joshua & the Israelites had to TAKE the Land

  5. Both the GIVING and the TAKING were by God’s grace

Pastor Karl often refers to this quote …

Without God - I can’t
Without me - God won’t
— St Augustine

What is God not doing because you’re not willing?

How can your group pray for you?

Karl House