Pursuit (1) - Questions
Welcome to another semester of Small Groups at JesusChurch. Let’s get to know one another. Where did you spend your childhood? As a kid what was your favorite part of Christmas holidays? What was your least favorite?
1 Timothy 6:10-12
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith.
2 Timothy 2:22
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Paul writes virtually the same thing to Timothy twice? What does that say about Paul? What does that say about Timothy and the church he was leading?
Pastor Karl says that passive and distracted Christianity is killing us. Passive Christianity is passive about repentance, faith, worship and obedience. Distracted Christianity is distracted by wealth, the world, entertainment and comfort. Would you agree? How do you see it in the American church? How do you see it in your life?
The solution is focused and aggressive Christianity. Read …
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
If a sloth is totally passive and a cheetah is totally aggressive, what animal would you use to describe your passion for God’s Kingdom and righteousness?
But what about grace?! Is Paul telling us that we are to save ourselves by fleeing evil and pursuing righteousness? Isn’t that just works-righteousness? Why or why not?
React this quote by Dallas Willard.
Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone.
React to these quotes from A.W. Tozer.
That God has placed before His redeemed children a vast world of spiritual treasures and that they refuse or neglect to claim it may easily turn out to be the second greatest tragedy in the history of moral creation, the first and greatest being the fall of man.
Yet we must distinguish wanting and wishing. By “want” I mean wholehearted desire. Certainly there are many who wish they were holy or victorious or joyful but are not willing to meet God’s conditions to obtain.
Everyone is as close to God as they want to be; they are as full of the Holy Spirit as they will to be.
Which of these 4 points from from A.W. Tozer is most challenging to you?
You will get nothing unless you go after it
You may have as much as you insist on having
You will have as little as you are satisfied with
You now have as much as you really want
What’s one practical step that you can take to become a more focused and aggressive Christian?
How can your group pray for you?