We are currently in a season when even before one labor pain has stopped another one has begun. How should the Body of Christ respond and act during this time of crisis and unrest?
Have you heard or thought of the saying it's going to cost you more than you think? This is usually said when you are looking at doing something, and you underestimated the cost it will take. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves falling short of what God is expecting of us. What God expects from you may cost you more than you think! We currently find ourselves in a time where many turn away from hard work and prefer the easy way out, this has become the New Normal. The church is not isolated from this behavior. God is calling us to make some hard decisions during these times that we are living in, and if we don't step up, we might miss out on some critical spiritual development. Let’s not fall for the trap of the New Normal.
1. If someone asked you, “Why did Jesus come?” what would your answer be?
2. Do you tend to view God’s promises as something you’ll get to experience after you die,or as something for you to benefit from today? Explain.
3. In your opinion, what are the indications that someone has had a life-changing encounter with Jesus? How does a genuine encounter with Jesus change everything?
4. Matthew 19:16-26 teaches that the kingdom of heaven is a person (Jesus), a power, and a place.Where in this passage do you see the kingdom of heaven related to these three ways?How does a person enter the place of the kingdom of heaven?
5. Why is it so hard for us to walk in the power of the kingdom of heaven while we’re still here on earth? How did Jesus describe that difficulty (v. 24)?
6. What are some worldly concerns that prevent you from entering into and experiencing the blessings of the kingdom today?
7. How can this group function as the church in our neighborhoods and community as we wait for Jesus to come take us home into His eternal kingdom?
Let’s shift our focus off this world and the things of it that pull us away from God.This pandemic has shown the heart condition of people when they put their trust on earthly treasures, and not heavenly treasure. It matters to God how we live on this earth, even though we are on this earth, this is not our home.
The tragic story of the rich young ruler who greatly desired to become part of Jesus' following. He wanted eternal life, and to be in God's Kingdom, he asked Jesus what he must do to obtain them. When Christ replied that he would have to get rid of all he had, his high ideals came crashing down. His sin needed to be smashed because his sin was stronger than his ideals. The young man's covetousness destroyed his ideals, and he was willing to settle forless.
Mark 10:24 "And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, 'Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the Kingdom of God!'"
Romans 2:6-7 - He will repay each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality.
John 14:15 - “If you love me, you will keep my commands.”
Proverbs 14:12 - There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.
Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Mark 10:24 - The disciples were astonished at his words. Again Jesus said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!