That You May Know The Way-Part I

Series: That You May Know The Way

Title: Part 1

Date: February 7, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan

 

Review It:

The Way

·       John said he was preparing The Way.

·       Jesus said, “I am The Way.”

·       The early church was called “The Way.”

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Luke 9:23-25 (NIV)

What God is Doing In Us and Through Us

·       We Start Where You Are

·       We Grow Together as Daily Disciples

·       We Love Like Jesus Where We Live

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62 (NIV)

Jesus asks for the most audacious level of obedience we could ever imagine.

My Way versus God’s Way

My Way

·       Don’t forgive or forget. Nurture my grudge. Tell my story. Hurt others because I am hurt.

·       It’s my money, I can do whatever I want with it.

·       I want what I want.

God’s Way

·       Love my enemies. Be kind and compassionate to others, forgiving those who have hurt me, just as Jesus forgave me.

·       Everything belongs to God and I am just a manager of His resources.

·       I want what God wants.

Repentance is a decision, not a feeling.

Following Jesus means making our relationship with him the defining priority in our lives.

Discuss It:

·       When was the last time you thought “This is too good to be true!"?

·       Read Luke 9:57-62 and 9:23-25

·       As you hear Jesus words about “The Way” of following him, what stands out to you?

·       What do you find hard or challenging about Jesus words?

·       If someone asked you about “The Way” of following Jesus, how would you describe it to them?

·       Phil contrasted “My Way” with “God’s Way” concerning forgiveness, money, and wants. Which of these is more challenging for you?

·       What is something that you are doing “My Way” and God is inviting you to do it “God’s Way”?

·       What would it look like to surrender “My Way” to God?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?