A Hunger for God
THE GOAL: TO KNOW GOD
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” – Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)
- According to Paul in verses 5-7 what were the things he considered as “valuable” before but realized them to be “worthless?”
- Aside from the list of things he mentioned in verses 5-7, what does he say in verse 8 twice which he likewise considers “rubbish?”
- The word “know” means to know experientially. What 3 areas did Paul identify through which he wanted to experientially know Christ in verse 10?
- As you reflect on what Paul considered to be worthless come up with your own list of worthless background, accomplishments or ambitions when compared to the value of knowing Jesus better. How does clinging on to those worthless things hinder you from having more of God?
- Paul mentions in verse 14 that he is dead set in pursuing a goal for which God has called him. Do you have a similar goal? If not, what heavenly goal does God want you to adopt in your own life. Ask the Lord to reveal to you. Share to your accountability leader.
“Until you have given up yourself to Him, you will not have a real self.” – C.S. Lewis
- Intimacy (Pray for yourself): Ask the Lord to give you a heart for metro Atlanta. Pray that God would open your heart.
- Investing (Pray for our church): Ask God to make Redemption Church a church of great Kingdom influence in Atlanta and Gwinnett County. Ask the Lord for growth, and that He would bless our efforts to plant churches all over Atlanta. Ask the Lord to send laborers here, and for the resources and wisdom to see those laborers bear fruit in Gwinnett.
- Inviting (Pray for our city): In all these things, pray for the city of Atlanta. Ask God to work mightily among us.