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{October 20, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


October 20 – 25, 2019

 

I AM: Your Goal

By Joe Davis

What am I looking forward to? That question almost feels like a question that was made to sabotage you. As a father of 4 children, what I look forward to seems to be something that I put on the back burner all the time. And quite frankly, the answer to that question right now is, "I don’t know."

Most days I feel as if the day is already planned out for the schedule of our family, and having a goal never even enters my mind. But, I do dream. I dream all the time. It’s one of the ways that I decompress. And who wouldn’t want their dreams to come true? My big struggle is that I feel as if I do not deserve those dreams.

It is difficult to see myself as God’s workmanship, created for good works. The truth is that Ephesians 2: 10 is a proclamation of who we are in Christ. My heart quickly forgets that God made me to be good and do good things. I allow myself to get caught up in the day to day and not spend the time with God that I need to in order to know who I fully am.

On top of that I need to be teaching my children these lessons about who God is and what he can do in their lives. If I had to narrow down a life goal that I have that is very important to me among the many, it would be that all my children come to know Christ and have an active relationship with God. That seems very cliché and the right "Christian" answer to give, but it is true. It’s the most important decision that they will ever make, so how can I not want that for them.

As I reflect on my past goals, my previous jobs come to mind. At every job I have had, my boss has always asked about my goals for work and how I am going to get there. And then at review time, we see what progress I have made towards those goals.

Why do I not do that with my faith life? Why do I not do that with my dreams? Why do those things get pushed aside, but work goals are brought up to the front row to get attention first?

The reality is that life is difficult and challenging and fills our days quickly. I believe that this comes down to priorities. Having 4 children who are all active makes our family very busy and leaves little time for other things. But I have come to realize that there is a huge difference between time and priorities.

I would venture to say that we all have time, but do we prioritize our time with God? Do we prioritize our dreams and goals by placing them at the Lord’s feet, asking him to direct them, be a part of them, bless them? I know that I do not. I have struggled deeply with trusting God with my dreams and goals. But I know he is willing and waiting for me to invite him into those things, ready to bless them and me with this love, grace and presence.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the 10.20.19 message, I AM: Your Calling.

 

{sunday 10.20.19}

Read Psalm 139:14, 1 Thessalonians 1:4, Hebrews 3:1a

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What changes do I need to make to prioritize time with God? Do I have someone who can help keep me accountable and encourage me? How do I work towards trusting God with my dreams and goals?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

 

{monday 10.21.19}

Read Mark 11:27-12:12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 10.22.19}

Read Mark 12:13-17

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 10.23.19}

Read Mark 12:18-34

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 10.24.19}

Read Mark 12:35-44

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 10.25.19}

Read Mark 13:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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