How Well Do You Know Jesus?

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ.” – Colossians 1:15-19

Paul told the church in Philippi that nothing was more important to him than knowing Christ (Philippians 3). It is impossible to know God too well. He is the most important person who exists. On every scale of excellence, He is infinitely greater than the best person you ever knew or ever heard of.  

No one ever disagrees that knowing God is central to the life of a Christian. We can know about God, but that is quite different from knowing God. What does it mean to know God? The idea of knowing God can seem abstract. It can seem like a pie-in-the-sky concept that most people can never attain. But you can know God. 

You need to know who He claimed to be, eternal God in human flesh. You must know some of the things He did and taught. You need to understand that He died on the cross for your sins and that He was raised bodily from the dead. But beyond these facts, you need to know Christ personally. That relationship begins at the moment you recognize that your sins have separated you from God and that you need a Savior. 

We can only know Him as He has chosen to reveal Himself. That revelation comes through His written Word. “Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” (Hebrews. 1:1-3).

Thus we come to know God through Jesus Christ, and we come to know Him through His Word which tells us of Him. The Old Testament points ahead to Christ; the New Testament tells us of His life, His death for our sins, and His resurrection and present reign in heaven. It also tells us of His coming again and His future kingdom. It expounds on His teaching and reveals His will for His people. We can never know Him fully because He is infinite and we are finite. But we can know Him definitely as Savior and Lord and we can and must spend our lives focused on the goal “to know Him.” 

As we come to know Jesus, we will become more and more like Him because we will know what to imitate. But it is still a difficult challenge. What can we do, what do we need to know that will help us agree with and live according to this purpose of becoming like Christ?  So how well do you know Jesus?

 Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to you to “know” God?   
  2. What can we do in the short-term to better know God?  

Jesus Never Rushed

“Here’s my point: the solution to an overbusy life is not more time. It’s to slow down and simplify our lives around what really matters.” ― John Mark Comer. 

We have more technology at our fingertips than those before us experienced throughout their entire lifetimes. This efficiency hasn’t helped us slow down however; it’s only made us move faster. We can message someone across the world in an instant, but we’re increasingly disconnected in our relationships. Hurry and hustle are swiftly eating up our time—and maybe even our peace of mind. Is this the way Jesus lived?

When you read the gospels, do you get a sense Jesus is rushing from one thing to another as we do from meeting to meeting? The answer is no. He didn’t rush. You never get the sense that he was “checking his watch” and or that people were going to make Him late with their requests. He often took time to minister to someone while He was on His way to minister to someone else (For example, Jairus and the woman who suffered from constant bleeding found in Mark 5:21-43).

Jesus had a lot on His plate. But think about it. He lived a full and obedient life without ever running out of time. He never used an hour uselessly.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Jesus lived the most purposeful life ever lived and at the same time was never rushed.  

Jesus knew His limits. He didn’t try to be in three places at once or cram 30 hours’ worth of activity into 12 hours of daylight. Consider that Jesus didn’t start His ministry until he was 30.  He accepted His limitations and lived life at a godly pace. The question is why do we have such a hard time doing the same thing. 

Corrie ten Boom once said that if the devil can’t make you sin, he’ll make you busy. Her logic is sound: both sin and busyness have the exact same effect—they cut off our connection to God, and to other people.  It is easy to be so busy that we don’t live spiritually rich and vibrant lives. You are probably thinking right now busyness has a healthy side. You are right. There is a healthy kind of busyness where your life is full of things that matter, not wasted on empty leisure or trivial pursuits. By that definition, Jesus himself was busy.

The problem isn’t when you have a lot to do; it’s when you have too much to do, and the only way to keep all the balls in the air is to constantly hurry and then hurry a little more. Look for ways to slow down. As you move through your day, pay attention to the feelings of hurry, stress, distraction, or irritation that you feel. Notice how they inhibit your ability to be live the life God calls us to live. Consider pausing 2-3 times during this day to simply breathe, take in God’s loving presence, and the beauty all around you. 

 When we come to Jesus, in the middle of our busyness, He gives us rest.  And we can go about our day, packed as it may be, settled and at peace knowing He is with us and within us, guiding and leading us to do what is most important.

 Discussion Questions:

  1. There is plenty of time to do each day what God would have us do without rushing. Agree or disagree and why? 
  2.  What can you do this week to prevent being in too much of a rush?  

The Life You Want Versus The Life You’re Living

“ Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people. But one day some men from the Synagogue of Freed Slaves, as it was called, started to debate with him. They were Jews from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia, and the province of Asia. None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke.” – Acts 6:8-10. 

If I asked a group of people to describe their life – right now – in one word, the answers would probably be some of the usual suspects: growing, frustrating, disappointing, fulfilled, stuck, struggling, joyful, defeated, exciting, empty, etc.  How you look at life is probably a direct result of whether life turned out the way you thought it would. Usually, there are some unexpected bumps in the road, causing our plans to derail.

The Bible tells the story of a young man who lived his life well. And even though it wasn’t a long life, it was a full one. It was a productive one. It was one that made an impact. This young man, Stephen, lived his life in service for the Lord.   

God was clearly at work in the church of the first century. Miracles were happening. People were coming to Christ. In the midst of this, Stephen was brought up on false charges before the religious authority, the Sanhedrin. Their word was law. When they made a decision that was it.  If Stephen had been a little more evasive or at least careful, he may have left in time for dinner.  But he was neither. It is unlikely Stephen had a death wish, and although he probably knew what the outcome would be, he stood up for Christ. You can read his answer to the charges in Acts 7. 

In Acts 7: 57-58 their response to Stephen’s speech: “Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul.” We are told that “Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!” (Acts 7:55). What a glorious moment that must have been.

Choosing to learn to live a Christ-centered life, even if it isn’t the life you had imagined, is the best choice you will ever make. It won’t be easy, but you intentionally chose to let Jesus be the source of your joy, even in the midst of less-than-joyful circumstances.

Yes, Stephen’s life was short, but it was full. He lived it well. And that is all we can do.

One day we will stand before God and give an account of what we have done with our lives for Him. Make each day count. Live it for the glory of God. Live your life well.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is a lived well life mean to you?
  2. What changes would you need to make your life a well lived life? 

Live In The Present

“Here’s my point: the solution to an overbusy life is not more time. It’s to slow down and simplify our lives around what really matters.” ― John Mark Comer. 

In a Peanuts cartoon, Lucy is lecturing Charlie Brown. She says “Charlie Brown, life is a lot like a deck chair. Some place it so they can see where they’re going. Others place it to see where they’ve been. And some so they can see where they are at the present.” Charlie Brown sighs and says, “Lucy, I can’t even get my deck chair unfolded.” 

Lucy has a point. Some people are constantly looking back at the past; they are so caught up in what used to be that they are missing what is, and have no room to think about what is to come. There are others who live for the moment. The only thing they are concerned about is what’s going on right now. There are still others who insist on focusing on the future alone and keep their attention on what lies ahead. 

Psalm 32:8 reminds us that the Lord will “…guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” That verse is reassuring. God wants to teach us which paths to travel on. He has a plan and a purpose for you but it begins with you putting your hope in Him.

Therein lies the difficulty: it seems easier to put your hope in yourself and your ability to create the future you want by keeping your eyes fixed on things you think you can control. The reality, however, is that you miss out on an important part of your life when you don’t live in the present moment God has given you. He has a daily mission for you, and it matters. God wants to teach you something. He has handcrafted moments for you today. Being present in the present is truly a gift. It’s a gift we receive from our Father above as well as a gift we can give to those around us.  

Part of living day-to-day means focusing on the now rather than worrying about the future or fretting over the past. Jesus gives explicit instructions in this regard in Matthew 6:34: “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Our problems can seem insurmountable when we start worrying about the future. That’s why Jesus tells us to live in the present by taking a day-by-day approach. Think about what is happening right now. Train yourself not to think about what might happen a week, two weeks, or ten years down the line: think about what today requires of you. The future is important but it starts today.

This process may feel alien to you. We’d much rather worry about everything coming because that makes us feel like we have control over it, and we can do something about it. But we depend on God, not ourselves—and so learning to live in the moment is important.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Let go of the past, plan for the future, but live in the present: Which of those three is the most difficult in your opinion? 
  2. What can you do this week to live more in the present spirtually?  

Why Are We So Rushed?

“Busyness can ruin our joy. As Christians, our lives should be marked by joy (Philippians 4:4), taste like joy (Galatians 5:22), and be filled with the fullness of joy (John 15:11). Busyness attacks all that. One study found that commuters experience greater levels of stress than fighter pilots or riot police… There’s no doubt that when our lives are frantic and frenzied we are more prone to anxiety, resentment, impatience, and irritability.” – Kevin DeYoung in Three Dangers of Being Crazy Busy.

It is easy to find yourself rushing through life and going from one thing to the next. You are always thinking ahead and planning for the future and what needs to get done. What assignments do you have due? What project do you need to finish? Did you drink water today? Your head is filled with questions and to-do lists and constantly in the process of checking things off. You hardly ever just sit down and do nothing. Even when it looks like you are just relaxing, you are thinking of everything you need to do.

However, when it is all said and done, these seemingly “important” things aren’t bringing you any joy. They are just filling your head with chaos. The truth is that this hectic rush of life we experience isn’t unique to our generation, although it probably seems that way.  So what is the secret to change? How do I unrush my life? 

To make the most out of life, we need to be focused on what matters: our relationship with God, our relationships with others, and fulfilling the unique purpose for which God created us and placed us here on this earth. Every day is rich with possibilities. So many opportunities to make choices that will take me down one of two paths. Either I will speed along at 100 miles an hour and slow down and focus on what really matters.   

Jesus sets the standard for focusing on what is important. In Luke 13:22-24 (MSG) we read: “He went on teaching from town to village, village to town, but keeping on a steady course toward Jerusalem. A bystander said, “Master, will only a few be saved?” He said, “Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires your total attention.

Jesus was subject to all the pressures we are and yet remained completely disciplined, always giving His time to what was ultimately most important. Jesus spent his whole life choosing to do the most important thing at any given moment. He stopped to heal the sick when they crossed his path. He sat on a mountainside to speak life to a waiting crowd. He prayed for children, even as His disciples scolded the people for bringing them to Him. He looked a bleeding woman, a blind man, and a beggar in the eyes and gave them personalized hope.

It is difficult to stop the drive to do more in exchange for concentrating on what is important each day. We don’t want to spend our days skimming over the significant to pursue the insignificant  If we want to choose what is better, then we need to choose what is important and not just what is urgent. The secret to an unrushed life is knowing where our hope lies. When we know our hope is in God alone, we can focus on the things that matter most in life. We will understand what David means when he says that “busy rushing ends in nothing.” (Psalm 39:6) And we will hunger for more of the unrushed life God promises.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Busyness has become a badge of honor and a cultural value. The truth is, we often feel one step behind, disorganized and overwhelmed. But “busy” just sounds better. Do you agree and why?
  2. Often what we are doing with our time isn’t bad or wrong, but it can be distracting to us because we let the urgent things crowd out the important things. How do you differentiate between the important and the unimportant? 

Who Do You Say I Am?

 “Who do you say that I am?” Luke 9:20

There are critical questions we must answer in every season of life. When we are in high school or college we need to know what we will do with our life.  That question will most likely determine our path so it requires a careful, thoughtful answer. Then there’s the question that drastically changes our life: “Sue, will you marry me?” followed by “Sue, do you take Tyler to be your husband?”  But there may be no more significant question in all of life than the one Jesus asked His first disciples in Luke 9:2: “But who do you say I am?” And with that question, Jesus confronted His apostles with the most critical issue that ever faced them, or ever faces everyone on the planet: the question of the identity of Jesus Christ.

This question came in the context of a conversation between Jesus and His disciples when Jesus asked, “Who do people say I am?” the disciples offered various answers, “…some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead.” (Luke 9:19). Jesus then asked, “But who do you say I am?” (Luke 19:20).  

You would think it’s a complex question based on all the resources devoted to answering that question.  Libraries are full, literally, of tens of thousands, if not millions of books that have been focused on addressing that question in one way or another. Articles appear in journals and magazines, papers are written, discussions are held, conferences, seminars, etc.  It can seem like this question is complex and cannot be answered easily.

But the fact of the matter is: It’s a very easy question to answer.  Jesus is the Son of God. He is the Christ, the Messiah, Immanuel, God with us. The living God. Our Savior. Our shepherd. Our counselor. Our comforter. Our healer. Our hope. Our very life. That is not ambiguous, that is not obscure. That does not take some kind of scholastic gymnastics to sort out.  It is clear, precise information revealed on the pages of Scripture.  In the end, each one of us has to answer for ourselves the central question of life: “Who do you say I am?”   

This is the most important topic of our lives.  Why not read through the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in 2022 to get to know the full picture of Jesus Christ. Because one day, we will all be asked the same question: “And what about you? Who do you say I am?” I hope our answer is like the disciple Peter who said, “You are the Messiah sent from God!” 

Discussion Question:

  1. Who do you say Jesus is? What difference does this make in how you live each day?

The Power Of An Apology

“A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged: he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.” ” – G.K. Chesterton.  

In the sitcom of the late ’70s and ’80s called Happy Days, there was a character that was the essence of cool. He established hair combing and leather jackets as standards in the culture—he was the Fonze.  When the Fonze pounded on a jukebox or snapped his fingers, his actions were cool because the Fonze was cool. Nobody could beat the Fonz in a fight and he never had a hair out of place. But there was one thing the Fonz could not do. He could not apologize. Every once in a while, Fonzie would mess up, and while he knew that he should, he couldn’t bring himself to make an apology.

Many people have complicated feelings about apologies, and not all of our thoughts and feelings about apologies line up. Some people feel shamed by apologizing while others feel ashamed until we have done so.

“I am sorry.”  No matter how difficult it may seem to say these words, they are among the most important words in our lives. And once we say them, there’s a sense of freedom and relief. Instead of making us look weak, these words bring us closer to each other. To say “I’m sorry” does not cause us to lose others’ respect. In fact, the opposite is true. Learning to use these powerful words takes us a long way toward healing in our relationships. A good apology demonstrates awareness and an acknowledgment of the pain we caused others. It shows true remorse and takes full responsibility for one’s actions. And it seeks to make amends while committing to change.

But too often we don’t do it or we don’t say it very well.  We become defensive.  Or we offer apologies that don’t seem to be given in good faith. If we are honest, we would have to admit that we have all given them. “ Sorry…I didn’t realize you were so sensitive.” Or “I’m sorry you can’t take a joke.”  Such apologies will do little to heal any hurt or make amends for the hurt we may have caused.

Too often people come to us to apologize or we go to them to apologize even though we are not going to change. It is hard to forgive someone if they are going to make that same mistake next week or next month. The whole I’m sorry, I won’t do it again, I’m sorry I did it again routine gets old and frustrating real quick. It gets to the point where you don’t take the apology very seriously which is why it is difficult to comprehend how God does it. 

It would be hard to calculate how many times the average Christian has said “I am sorry” to God. Or how many times we were sorry, again. And again. Or for that matter, how many times we were sorry and this was the absolute last time we will have to say we are sorry. God forgives us knowing we will sin again. And His “know” isn’t a prediction like ours, He really knows. Yet, He forgives. And forgives. It is truly amazing. 

As difficult as apologizing sometimes is, it helps us grow to be more like Jesus by humbling us and teaching us about grace.

 Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is it so difficult to apologize? 
  2. Read Matthew 5:23-24. What does Jesus say about asking for forgiveness? What makes this difficult?

Being Like Jesus For Five Minutes

“Be imitators of God in everything you do, for then you will represent your Father as his beloved sons and daughters. And continue to walk surrendered to the extravagant love of Christ, for he surrendered his life as a sacrifice for us. His great love for us was pleasing to God, like an aroma of adoration—a sweet healing fragrance.” – Ephesians 5:1-2 (TPT). 

The imitation of Christ is our goal in 2022 and every year going forward. There should not be a gap between the Christ we proclaim verbally and the Christ we present visibly in how we live our lives.  

But how? What does it look like to imitate God, the incomprehensible, glorious omnipotent God? Well, we certainly can’t imitate God totally; try as we might, we simply cannot become omniscient. What Paul is telling us is we grow as we imitate the love of God.  In other words, true imitation of God looks like loving others just as Christ loved others: loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving our neighbors.

It is such a tall order that it towers over us and we can easily dismiss it as being impossible. It is an impossible challenge to be like God.  However, Scripture commands it. Jesus says, “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48). Peter says, “But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16). God calls us to be just like Himself.

Imitating Jesus all the time is impossible. It is easier to start with small incremental goals; for example five minute increments. Follow Jesus in five-minute increments. Can I obey Jesus 300 seconds in the things that I do and say? And then for another 300 seconds, and another 300. We may think we can obey Jesus for a whole day, but it is doubtful. But when we face tough situations, temptations, or interactions, what if we just ask ourselves a simple question: Could I tolerate this person who is kind of difficult to be around for 300 seconds? Could I stay calm in a traffic jam for 300 seconds? Can I invest 300 seconds every morning for quiet time? Whatever comes next in my life, I just need to obey Jesus for the next 300 seconds. And then I do it again. 300 more seconds. If 300 seconds is difficult at first, start with 60 seconds.

Of course, you aren’t going to find anything about 300 seconds with Jesus in the Bible, but you will read about the love of Jesus. Our love for Jesus grows when we do not allow external circumstances or internal thoughts and desires to distract us, such that our deepest focus and joy come from our relationship with Him. When we learn to love Jesus in this way, we will be able to let His love flow out and touch all our relationships with others.

In 2022, becoming an imitator starts with asking God to help me discover more of what that means, with a hunger to know more of the purpose for which I have been made and asking how I can grow more fully into God’s image. When I love Him, I will be like Him. When I am like Him, I will love like He loves and be a reflection of Him to those around me even for a few minutes at a time.   

Discussion Questions:

  1. How can we imitate God? What aspects of God should we imitate? Why?
  2. How can we walk in love? What standard should we try to reach? 

The Better Way Is Jesus

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.” ― David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

We believe that 2022 is going to be a year of impact for the Kingdom of God through Northstar Church. That’s our expectation and our hope. John 16:33 (TPT) says,  “And everything I’ve taught you is so that and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!” 

The words “the peace which is in me will be in you” are as relevant as ever. Some of us have misplaced our hope. We’ve looked to things of this world. But the truth is, when we place our hope in God, we are strengthened and encouraged. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses,” the Psalmist declares, “but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7 ESV). Our hope is in Jesus and our goal in 2022, as in every year, is to become more like Him. 

As we see Him stretch out His hand in compassion to heal a leper, we see how we should be compassionate. When we see Jesus have mercy on the woman caught in adultery, we grow in mercy. As we marvel to read about Jesus kneeling before His disciples the night before He is to die and wash their feet, the Holy Spirit grows us in humility and servanthood.  As we gaze on Jesus hanging on the cross, and not revile His enemies but say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do,” we learn to trust our heavenly Father and forgive our enemies. And as we gaze upon Jesus enduring all things because of His love for us, we learn to endure the sins and failures of others out of love for them.

We see the glory of the Lord in all of Scripture. We see the glory of His holiness and righteousness. The glory of His steadfast love and faithfulness. We see him keep His promises to His people and be true to His word. The Bible is filled with the glory of the Lord, if we only open our eyes to see. 

We want to naturally and routinely bless those who curse you as Paul did. Or overcoming impulsiveness and learning to be faithful to God, as Peter did. Setting aside anxiety and learning to join Mary and sit still at Jesus’ feet and listen.  But where do you start? Try focusing on finding a better way one change at a time, even if the change takes time. Most of us fail in our efforts to find a better way because we try hard for a while and then give up. We don’t keep our focus long enough, and we don’t go deep enough; we don’t develop a plan for how we can work with God’s grace to change to become like Jesus on the inside in that one area.

Transformation to Christlikeness is a process. The learning and growth come from experimentation, failure, thanking God for His mercy, by following His way.  

Discussion Questions:

  1. Consider how Jesus lived. What stands out to you the most about His way of living?
  2. What better ways can we discover through the life of Jesus? 

Finding A Better Way

“You and Aaron must take the staff and assemble the entire community. As the people watch, speak to the rock over there, and it will pour out its water. You will provide enough water from the rock to satisfy the whole community and their livestock.” So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord. …Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.” – Numbers 20:8-11.

In Numbers 20, God tells Moses to gather up Aaron, the staff, and assemble the entire community to serve as a witness to a miracle which would be God’s response to their grumbling and complaining. These are specific instructions. Moses is to speak to the rock and by Moses’ command, enough water would come forth for the entire community and all of their animals. But Moses is so frustrated with all the complainers that he disregards God’s instructions and what does he do? He smacks the rock, not once but twice. God honors his promise and the water gushes forth…but God’s not happy. Why? Because Moses did not follow God’s instructions.

Every miracle before this required Moses to touch something or do something with the staff; every time God worked through him the staff was directly involved. But this time it’s different. The scripture does not tell us why, but God wants a different approach this time. Moses didn’t accept the different way; instead, he went back to the old way of doing things, and it cost him his right to enter the promised land. (vs. 12) God has a new, different, and better way for each of us just like He did for Moses. Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”

Sometimes God is wanting to do something “new” or show us a better way and we are stuck in the “old.” It can be hard to let go of the familiar or just seem easier to keep going with the flow rather than try something new that can make everything different. For those who like change – “new” can be exciting. But there is a fundamental truth about the God we serve; He thinks and works outside our way of thinking. He doesn’t always work in the ways that we would have chosen for our “new.” He sees the big picture. He works behind the scenes of life that unfold our every day, in the places where we can’t always see or understand all the “why’s.” He has our best in mind, so our future is secure. It is a better way.

God is not finished with our lives yet. You’re still here. We can rest in His care for us. He knows. He sees. He works in ways we don’t always “get,” but there’s peace in knowing we don’t have to try to control it all. We can let go – of the need to figure it all out, and the striving to make things happen.

In 2022, we are on a journey towards a new and better way together. The world we live in is a whole lot different than what we’re ready for, and we’re going to have to take on some new shapes and abilities if we want to meet it, greet it, and bring it to Jesus. This is our challenge for this year; to become the church God wants us to be.

Discussion Questions:
1. Read Proverbs 14:12. Share about a time when you thought you were doing things the right way, only to learn later that there was a better way. What did you learn from that experience?

2. What area in your life looks most different from Jesus’ life? What’s one way you can start living more like Jesus in that area?