A Deep Series
Livin' Rich | A Deep Series Part 5 | West Jordan
THINK ABOUT IT: HOW you think and HOW you act is shaped by WHAT you remember.
Colossians 3:15-16 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
QUESTION: How do you know, what you think you know, about Jesus?
"I have been reading poems, romances, vision literature, legends, and myths all my life. I know what they are like. I know none of them are like this. [With] the gospel texts, there are only two possible views. Either this is historical reportage, or else some unknown ancient writer without known predecessors or successors suddenly anticipated the whole technique of modern novelistic, realistic narrative. The reader who doesn't see this has simply not learned how to read." –C.S. Lewis
Is Scripture a VISITOR or a RESIDENT of your mind?
· DWELL = to be at HOME
· RICHLY = abundantly or EXTRAVAGANTLY
The number one tool of the Holy spirit is TRUTH.
The result of being filled with the Holy Spirit is the same as the result of letting the Word dwell in one’s life richly…To have the Word dwelling richly is to be controlled by His Spirit. Since the Holy Spirit is the author and the power of the Word, the expressions are interchangeable. –John MacArthur
PROBLEM: We all have SELECTIVE and DEFECTIVE memories.
Hebrews 2:1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
You have to be INFORMED before you can be TRANSFORMED by God’s Word.
2 Timothy 3:14-17 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
● Teach: Shows us what is TRUE.
● Rebuke: Shows us how our lives CONTRADICT what is true.
● Correct: Shows us how to RETURN to what is true.
● Train: Shows us how to GROW in what is true.
The mark of the godly man is he likes to change. The mark of the godly man is he says, “Lord, show me where I should change, and I’ll do it. Show me where I should obey, even where it’s hard, and I’ll do it.” – Tim Keller
You can only go as HIGH in worship as you can go deep in THEOLOGY.
Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
BOTTOM LINE: We can’t ACT like Christians until we THINK like Christ.
1. What’s the earliest memory that you have? What are things you’re able to remember and it feels effortless?
2. How many of the stats about memory can you recite from what Eric said in the video (See Week 5 at www.adeepseries.com)? What’s your strategy to remember what God’s Word? How is that strategy working for you?
3. What would be some beneficial changes or adjustments to your strategy to remember God’s Word?
4. Read Colossians 3:15-16 and 2 Timothy 3:14-17 as a group. What are the filters that God’s Word sometimes goes through to get to you? What would happen if these filter were removed?
5. Review the roles of God’s Word in the life of a believer. How have you experienced any of these recently?
Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalms 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work