The Blessed Life | Dr. John Maxwell

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  • Are you an adventurous person? Do you like to travel and experience new things?
  • Have you ever chosen to do something hard and been rewarded for it?

 

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We want to be “climbing companions” of Jesus. People who choose to climb see, hear, smell things differently than those who choose to stay at the bottom. God is worth the climb!

Read this scripture out loud:

Matthew 5:1-6 (The Message)

When Jesus saw His ministry drawing huge crowds, He climbed a hillside. Those who

were apprenticed to Him, the committed, climbed with Him. Arriving at a quiet place, He

sat down and taught His climbing companions.”

  • When do you find it hard to be a climbing companion? What are some obstacles to staying the course?
  • How do you find that “quiet place” in your day? Is it a physical place? A specific time?
  • Has God ever asked you to do something that you’ve found difficult? What did you choose? What was the result?

 

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  • Make an effort to spend time with Jesus. “Everything worthwhile is uphill. There is no such thing as downhill success.”
    • What specific actions must we take to spend time with Jesus?
    • Have you ever given yourself a challenge in your relationship with Jesus? (spiritual retreat, fasting, intentional prayer or Bible study) If so, what was the result? If not, what have been your barriers?
    • What is something you can do this week to make an effort to spend time with Jesus?
  • Admit your need for God. Matt 5:3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule.”

“Having a problem makes us a candidate for a miracle.”

    • Read James 1:2-4 aloud. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
      • What are some ways that we can remember our need for God?
      • How can we capture our thoughts when we have a problem and turn them into prayer and surrender?
      • What miracle are you praying for?
  • Through your losses, allow God to love you. 5:4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.”
    • Unbelief and anger don’t make God nervous. Have you ever been angry with God? Did you express your unbelief or anger to God? What did you find in your honesty?
    • When have you seen loss result in more intimacy with God?
  • Live a life of contentment. 5:5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just

who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of

everything that can’t be bought.”

    • Review Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heave or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
    • Review these concepts and discuss how to apply Jesus “rhythms of grace”:
      • WALK – Enjoy His presence
      • WORK – Accept His partnership
      • WATCH – Follow His example
  • Develop a hunger and thirst for God. 5:6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and the drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.”
    • Describe the feelings of being very hungry or thirsty—having gone too long without food or water.
    • If we hunger and thirst for God, how might that play out in our emotions? In our actions?
    • How can we whet our appetite for God?

 

Keep Moving/Going

  • Commit to set aside consistent time every day for God.
  • What action do you need to take this week to admit your need for God? Perhaps memorize James 1:2-4.
  • Every day this week: prayer for the other members of your group. Just as prayer unites us with the heart of God, praying for each other brings unity to our relationships. We need each other.

 

Keep Praying

  • Prayer requests from everyone in the group