Sunday, 09 June 2019

The Impact of Godly Purpose

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

DON’T be a SLUGGARD

The Bible cautions us about being a sluggard. How can we tell if we are a sluggard in certain areas of our life?

  • We choose the course that causes little or no pain.
  • We pursue the party over productivity.

BE an ANT

What does it mean to be an ant? Ants seem so unimpressive, but God created them to teach us 3 significant lessons about success. Everyone who wants to find success realizes that:

  • We achieve goals by taking small steps over time.
  • Wanting everything keeps us from having anything.
  • Wanting it immediately keeps us from having it eventually.

An ANT’S ADVICE

  • Take tiny steps towards a seemingly impossible goal.

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1. As you look back in your past, is there something you wished you would have accomplished, but didn’t because you never started the long, difficult journey? Why not start now?

Digging Deeper

2. Read 2 Corinthians 11:23-28. Evaluate your own Christian walk in light of what the apostle Paul went through in his personal life. Do you choose the course that causes little or no pain? Is there an area of your life that you need to toughen up and face so that you can reach a goal for Christ?

3. Read Proverbs 17:10. How do you handle a rebuke from someone? Do you look at correction from a godly person as a “kindness” (Psalm 141:5)?

4. Discuss the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall (Nehemiah 1-6). Can you relate to the constant opposition they faced?

Applying the Word to Life

5. Do you have a certain goal in your life? What “tiny steps” can you take starting today towards this goal? How will you continue to be diligent as you take little steps forward? Do you have someone who can cheer you on and support you and even correct you when needed?

6. When thinking about contentment, do you fall on the side of being too lazy, or are you crazy busy? What can you do today in order to work hard at your goals, and yet remain content?

7. Do you live for the weekend or the week? If you’re constantly focused on “having fun” with your life (i.e. party), then what can you do to find purpose in hard work (i.e. productivity)?