Good News for Tired People

Our new series “The Unhurried Life” begins this weekend!

What is God doing in you and through you? Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and died for me” Galatians 2:20 Discover an encouraging and challenging approach to a life that is worth living, and fill your world with meaning and hope

Read: 2 Peter 1:1-11

Outline:

When we know Jesus, we learn the difference between “training” and “trying”

What makes us tired?

Why is Gospel – centered spirituality an antidote to a tired life (2 Peter 1:1-11)?

How do we get started in a more hopeful way of living?

LIFE Group Discussion Guide:

Main Idea: Through Jesus and his gospel, we are freed from bondage AND energized for life!

CONNECTING:

What are messages we hear from radio, TV, advertising, Facebook, friends and coworkers regarding getting things done quickly. Why don’t we value slow progress? What voices, external and internal, keep you hurried?

Read 2 Peter 2:1-11. Why is Peter eager for us to understand his teaching (2 Peter 1:12-15)? If this is his “last will and testament”, how would you summarize his thoughts about the importance of spirituality?

UNDERSTANDING:

In 1 Peter 1:1-2, how does Peter identify with us? What does he mean when he asks God that grace and peace be “multiplied” in us? How does this relate to our spiritual growth?

Peter lists some of amazing gifts we receive by knowing Christ and being changed by the gospel (1:3-4). Are these gifts costly or free and at whose expense? Are they temporary or permanent? Are they for heaven later or for us today? Are they for “super saints” only or are they available to broken people?

In verses 1:5-7, we find 7 moral virtues which we are to “supplement” or add one after another. How these qualities are related to each other? Is this process of becoming more like Jesus something God does in us, or something we need to do? How are we to “make every effort” to appropriate these qualities? Why is love is listed last?   

LIVING:

In 1 Peter 1:8-11, what happens if we fail to put into practice this teaching? What is the reward for taking steps toward growth? If God supplies all we need, why is anything more even necessary?

How do spiritual disciplines help us learn to live in the relaxed way of Jesus? How will this teaching change your resolutions or goals for 2018?

Assignment: Knowledge of Jesus means to have a vital relationship with him. Of the ideas shared in this message, which ones will you begin to practice this week? Who will you invite to help stimulate your growth in his “divine nature” qualities? What specific steps will you take this week to “be more diligent to confirm your calling and election”? How will his voice drown out the “hurried” voices in your life (read Psalm 19 for help!)?

What’s Happening

To reach more people with the good news of Christ, Stonebridge Church is live streaming the message portion of our services every Sunday morning at 11:05 AM:  [watch.stonebridge.live]

If you’re new to Stonebridge and would like to know more about who we are and what we believe, make plans to join us for Starting Point Café on January 28th! Register HERE

Chris August will be in concert on Feb. 8th at Stonebridge. Get your tickets online or at the Welcome Desk

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