Monday, July 2, 2018

Developing Holy Grit - Get Started, Keep Going

Facing the fears that keep you from engaging the hard things in your life.

Hard Things I am Experiencing:
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Hard Things I Am Feeling Called To:
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My Hard Thing to Focus On This Month Is: ____________________

“How is God Here?”
Character traits God may be developing in me through this hard thing:

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How is this hard thing consistent with God’s work in my past and present?
How is this hard thing consistent with what Christian friends are telling me?
How is this hard thing consistent with God’s Word?
How does this hard thing give glory to God and bring benefit to others?

My next step:

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Who I am going to tell my hard thing to, so they can hold me accountable: ___________.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Developing Holy Grit - How Can I Know If God is Calling Me?

God gives us four powerful tools to help us discern His leading in our lives.

Hard Things I am Experiencing:
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(and/ or)

Hard Things I Am Feeling Called To:
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My Hard Thing to Focus On This Month Is: ____________________

“How is God Here?”
Character traits God may be developing in me through this hard thing:

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How is this hard thing consistent with God’s work in my past and present?
How is this hard thing consistent with what Christian friends are telling me?
How is this hard thing consistent with God’s Word?
How does this hard thing give glory to God and bring benefit to others?

My next step:

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Who I am going to tell my hard thing to, so they can hold me accountable: ___________.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Holy Grit - Finding God in Hard Things

When a hard thing happens, ask "how is God here?"

Hard Things I am Experiencing:
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(and/ or)

Hard Things I Am Feeling Called To:
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My Hard Thing to Focus On This Month Is: _________________________________

“How is God Here?”
Character traits God may be developing in me through this hard thing:

_________________________________________________________________________________
How is this hard thing consistent with God’s work in my past and present?
How is this hard thing consistent with what Christian friends are telling me?
How is this hard thing consistent with God’s Word?
How does this hard thing give glory to God and bring benefit to others?

My next step:

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Who I am going to tell my hard thing to, so they can hold me accountable: ___________.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

When God Moves Your Fridge

Unexpected things happen in life. Will we respond in faith... or with something else?

Responding in Faith When Life is Unexpected

Think of a time God has, "moved your fridge," or something unexpected has happened in life. How did you react? Looking back, could you have responded with more faith?

Read Luke 1:26-56. What challenges did Mary face? What were her questions? How did she respond in faith?

Find another biblical example of a person choosing faith in the face of a challenge. How does this story help you respond in faith to challenges?

Monday, June 4, 2018

You Asked For It - Where Did God Come From?

Your questions. Honest, biblical answers.

Digging Deeper Into Bible Passages About the Nature of God:

  • God Is Beyond Time - 2 Peter 3:8, Psalm 90:2-4, 2 Timothy 1:9
  • God Knows Everything - Psalm 139, Jeremiah 1:5
  • God Created Everything - Genesis 1:1, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 11:3
  • God Rules Over Creation - Psalm 115:3, 135:6, Isaiah 40, Job 38-42
  • God is Three-in-One - Deuteronomy 6:4, John 1:1, John 10:30


Questions to Discuss:

  • What does it mean to you that God is beyond time?
  • What does it mean to you that God knows everything? How is that thought comforting?
  • What does it mean to you that God is Three-in-One?
  • How does knowing God's eternal power affect how you relate to Him?
  • How does knowing God's love and closeness affect how you relate to Him?

Monday, May 28, 2018

You Asked for It - Why is It Sometimes So Hard To Follow Jesus?

Answering the Top Questions that YOU asked about faith last Easter.

Digging Deeper into the Bible’s Teaching on Hardship

Benefits We Experience from Following Jesus:
1. Assurance of Eternal, Abundant Life (John 3:16, John 10:10)
2. Increased peace, strength and guidance (1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6-7, James 1:5)
3. A God-anchored sense of self-worth & identity (Ephesians 2:8-10)
4.A sense of family & community (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
5. Knowing you are part of something larger than yourself (Matthew 16:18)
6. Miraculous intervention (sometimes) (James 5:14-16)

Factors That Make Life Harder:
1. Elevated conscience - You care more. (James 4:17, 1 Timothy 3:9)
2. God’s discipline/ training - Hardship God allows for your benefit. (Hebrews 12:7-11)
Why - Jesus invites you to come and die to yourself. (Matthew 16:25, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24)
3. Spiritual Resistance - There is an enemy who will do anything he can to cause you to pull away from God, God’s people and God’s work. (1 Peter 5:8, Ephesian 6:10-18, James 4:7-8)

Questions to Discuss:
How have you found yourself caring more as the result of your relationship with Jesus? How? What about?
How have you experienced God’s discipline/ training in your life? What did it result in?
How have you experienced spiritual resistance? How do you stand firm against the enemy’s attacks?
What truths do you especially want to remember the next time you experience hardship?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

You Asked For It - What Happens When We Go to Heaven?

Answering the Top Questions that YOU asked about faith last Easter. Starting with the most frequently asked category of question.

Digging Deeper into the Bible’s Teaching on Heaven

Key Verses to Study:

  • Genesis 1 & 2 - What the earth was like before sin.
  • Revelation 21 & 22 - What the New Heaven and the New Earth will be like after God restores everything.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:8‭-‬10 - Being absent from the body. Jesus’ judgment.
  • Hebrews 12:1 - The great cloud of witnesses.
  • Luke 6:21 - Laughter in heaven.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13‭-‬18 - Meeting Jesus at His return.
  • 1 Timothy 2:3‭-‬6, 2 Peter 3:9 - God’s desire for all to know Him.
  • Psalm 16:11 - God the source of eternal pleasure.
  • Matthew 25:31‭-‬32 - Jesus’ judgment of the world.
  • Revelation 20:11-15 - The “Great White Throne” judgment.


Another Recommended Resource:
Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Questions to Ask:

  • Jesus’ assurance of life with Him and each other after death gave His followers great courage in the face of hardship.
  • How has Jesus’ teachings on heaven affected you?
  • What assumptions about heaven do you have that have been challenged by deeper bible study?
  • What are YOU looking forward to about heaven?
  • What are your questions or concerns about heaven?