Sun, Jul 06, 2014

Partner With the Living God

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  1. God wants us to know His blessing and then join Him in blessing others.
    1. God reconciled us so that we might be agents of reconciliation. (II Corinthians 5: 17-21)
    2. God comforted us so that we might comfort others. (II Corinthians 1:3-4)
    3. God loved us so that we might love others. (I John 4:7-10)
    4. God freely gives to us so that we might freely give to others. (Matthew 10:8b)
  2. God wants us to partner with Him for our sake.
    1. God doesn’t actually need our help.
    2. God raises up people to join in what He is doing.
    3. We can be partners in the Gospel. (Philippians 4:10-23)
    4. God wants this for our benefit.
  3. Application
    1. Don’t settle for the nosebleed seats. Invest yourself, your time, your money into what God is doing.
    2. Reject learned helplessness, and believe in the power of the Gospel to transform a hopeless situation.
    3. Start looking at what you see God doing and ask how He might have you join in what He is doing.

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you really understood that you were reconciled in order to be an agent of reconciliation? Or that you are loved to love others, blessed to bless others?
    In your faith journey, is that something that you have known for a while or is that new?
  2. What happens in God’s plan when people enjoy being reconciled but don’t join in reconciliation? Or enjoy being loved but don’t pass on that love to others, or enjoy receiving God’s blessing but don’t want to pass it on?
    What happens in a church when it stops passing on God’s blessing?
    How long can a church fail to pass it on or partner with God and still thrive, or even survive?
    Have you seen churches that turned inward and died?
  3. Why does God prefer to work through His people? Why not just do it Himself?
  4. Do you consider yourself a partner in the Gospel? What does that mean to you?
  5. What are the benefits to the person partnering with the Gospel? Why would Paul say I want this for your benefit? What benefit?
  6. What keeps you from more actively partnering with what you see God doing in the world?
    Can you see what God is doing, or some of it? Or is it an issue of not wanting to join in once you have seen it?
    Are you an “early adopter or late adopter”? That is, are you quick to see new things and jump on board, or do you wait and see?
    What is the upside to waiting and seeing spiritually? What is the downside?
  7. Evaluate your current level of partnership in the Gospel. Are you fully committed or a silent partner?

 

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