For the past 10 years, I have been leading a men's Bible study where the focus is on Jesus, telling the truth, and growing in our faith. If you are looking for some ideas for your own personal time to grow in your faith or are leading other guys in the faith, I hope the content you find here is helpful.
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King David was a soldier, a
mighty warrior.In Psalm 18 we read that
God had uniquely gifted him for his calling with great strength and physical
abilities. Like David, you too have been
painstakingly created in Christ for the good works God had prepared beforehand
for you to accomplish.Let’s take a few
minutes to consider how you and I have been forged physically, intellectually,
spiritually, and emotionally for God’s glory.
It is God who arms me with
strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He causes me to stand on the
heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of
Things to think about:
case, let’s take a quick look at his make up:
oPhysically – a strong, powerful man
oIntellectually – an excellent military strategist and tactician
oSpiritually – a man after God’s own heart
oEmotionally – both hot headed and soft hearted
these different qualities to win wars, write psalms, and serve as a biblical
model of a godly man.
·How is God
using you to accomplish His work?
oDoes it sound weird to you to think that God made you just as He
did so you could accomplish His agenda?
·How would you
describe yourself on each of these aspects?Before you answer, remember God says you are His handiwork!
·How can you
see them coming together to achieve a Kingdom purpose?
oSometimes, when discouragement gets the better of us, we can feel
like we got the leftovers from the gifts bag.Have you ever / do you ever feel that way?
·If you don’t
know your purpose yet, does reflecting on these help you see the puzzle pieces painting a picture
My prayer is that each of us would embrace the
high calling God has placed on us to do the good works He planned in advance
for us.And when we are done,
that God would get the praise and glory. Amen!
For a while now, I have been
thinking about a motto or a statement or something like that which encapsulates
how I want to live that is pleasing to God.I didn’t want it to be forced or clever, just something simple that is
grounded in biblical truth and principles.What finally came to me and has stuck for the past few months is Give,
Serve, Love.(I have since googled it
and quickly realized I was neither clever nor original J).As I have been thinking about what these
words represent, I believe they hold the antidote to the self-centered disease
we all suffer from, as found in 1 John 2:16.
1 John 2:16
For everything in the world—the lust of the
flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the
Father but from the world.
Things to think about:
·The Disease and The Cure
- Lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, the pride of life
of the eyes -I want what you have
§Give = I want you to have
what I have been given
of the flesh – I want you to serve me physically
§Serve = I want to serve
of life - It’s all about me
§Love = It’s all about
·Give - For God so loved the world that He gave.His very nature is to give. Three of the
well-known resources we have to give are:
·Why do we not give more?
of not having our needs being met
- Our greeds supersede others needs
·What are some promises if
we do give more?
3:10, “Bring the whole tithe into the
storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says
the Lord Almighty, “and
see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so
much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on
earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and
steal. 20 But store
up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not
destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
·Serve –Jesus came to serve, not to be served
called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles
lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever
wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first
must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did
not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a
ransom for many.”
oGalatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and
in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
needs do others have that we can meet?
find that I’m not even looking.Worse,
sometimes I intentionally look away because I’m more interested in my greeds
than others needs.
oIn Isaiah 58
7-12, God has a word for us that includes both the command and the promise, “Is it not to share your food with the hungry and
to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and
not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and
your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and
the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the Lord will
will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke
of oppression, with
the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and
satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and
your night will become like the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you always; he
will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and
will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a
spring whose waters never fail.
oWhat are little (or big) ways you can serve others in your sphere
oHow is serving others a reflection of Jesus?
·Love – Greater love has no man than this,
that he lay down his life for his friends
oJesus sacrificed His life so we might have life, both now and for
oWhile it is likely we may never be called to lay down our physical
life for another, there are many ways we can sacrifice for the benefit of
others beyond giving and serving.
patience, kindness, gentleness, listening, counseling, thoughtfulness,
encouragement, not criticizing or gossiping
oWhat other ways can you think of?
·Who do you
know (or know of) whose legacy is giving, serving, loving?
·How can you,
with the Spirit’s guidance and power, flip the script from greed, lust and
pride to one that brings greater glory to God?