How to Have Holy Ambition

“Grace Church” – A Series on Romans 12-16

The gospel of Christ not only brings good news of God’s grace for undeserving people, it also transforms the way we relate to each other and our world

Message Notes:

Title: How to Have Holy Ambition

Summary: Are you living out a holy ambition to proclaim Christ?

Key Scripture: Romans 15:14-33

Outline:

Recognize you are competent to have holy ambition! (14)

Humbly receive biblical instruction to keep growing in pursuit of your ambition (15-16)

Be Christ-confident in the achievement of your ambition (17-21)

Be willing to accomplish your ambition regardless of the cost (22-29)

Make prayer the backbone of your ambition (30-33)

LIFE Group Discussion Guide:

CONNECTING:

What did you take away from this message on Romans 15:14-33?  What was convicting? What was encouraging?

What are some of the common ambitions in our culture?  Why are these so common? Where have you gotten caught up in some of these ambitions?  Why?

UNDERSTANDING:

What are some of the teaching Paul gives the Roman church throughout his letter?  Take a quick look back at the chapters in Romans (an overview outline in your Bible or the chapter subheadings can be helpful here).  Which of these instructions were most helpful to you?

Is it ok to be “proud” of work you have done?  When is this acceptable based on verse 17? What is the difference between selfish ambition (Phil. 2:3, NIV) and holy ambition (Rom. 15:20)?  Have you ever experienced the latter? Tell about it.

LIVING

What are some of the costs and sacrifices that may come to you if you make proclaiming Jesus your one ambition?  Are you willing to bear these? Pray for strength from God to do so (Phil. 4:13).

How much do you depend on prayer?  If not much, why not? If you have learned to depend on prayer as the backbone of your ambition for Christ, share how this has changed your life.  

Assignment:  

Make a plan with your LIFE Group and your family to participate in the Prayer Walk and/or Cross-Carrying for the #LoveCR event on Saturday March 31st.  This could be your first step in achieving your holy ambition to proclaim Jesus Christ!

What’s Happening:

#loveCR: Easter is the true meaning of hope.  And we want to spread it all over our community. Join us as we point people to Jesus and share His message of hope with them!

Three Opportunities to #loveCR with Hope this Easter: 

Carry the Cross    Hope Baskets   Prayer Walk

All Men, Women and families are welcome to participate in these events. Kids should be old enough and eager to stand in one area for two hours if doing Carry the Cross.  REGISTER HERE

Carry the Cross

Groups from the church hold crosses with encouraging and truth-filled messages (like He is Risen, Jesus Lives, Only One Way, etc.) at various intersections throughout the city of Cedar Rapids on the Saturday of Easter weekend. Carry the Cross is meant to cause people to stop and think about the true meaning of Easter as they see various signs throughout town which proclaim the message of Christ. It is also inspires those holding the crosses to step out in courage and identify with Christ in a public way. Meet at the church at 9:00 a.m.  Take a cross and go to a designated area of the city.  Hold the cross at that spot for 2 hours. Join together back at the church around noon for pizza and a time to share your experience.  Please let us know if you plan to attend.

Prayer Walk

Join with others to pray for our city and those who are seeing the crosses and receiving the hope baskets.  Prayer walkers will meet at the church and divide into groups.  Each group will be given a suggested area to walk throughout the city (near one of the carry the cross stations).  Walkers should be able bodied and dressed appropriately for the weather.

Hope Baskets Details
Nearly everyone in our culture has been touched by cancer in some way.  This Easter we want to send our love and the hope of Jesus to those currently hospitalized due to cancer.   We plan to put together Easter “Hope” Baskets filled with cards, healthy snacks for the patient and their families and a few novelty items. Baskets will be delivered on Easter weekend Saturday to:

The Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy
Hall-Perrine Cancer Center
Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center
Mercy Hospital
University of Iowa Children’s Hospital