Discipleship Group Resources

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity Desire. It is a powerful thing isn’t it? Those things we want, or wish for in life tend to take center stage in our thoughts, motives and behaviors. But, have you ever noticed, like C.S. Lewis comments, that there are certain desires that we can never seem to satisfy on this earth? The desire to be unconditionally loved. The desire to feel significant. They always seem within grasp, but yet just slightly out of reach. Perhaps, as Lewis states, these unrealized desires are simply God’s way of reminding us that we were not made for this world in its current form, but in fact were made for something, or should I say Someone, far greater than anything this world has to offer?...

The word church has come to mean many different things to many different people. For some, it represents organized religion as a whole. For some, it speaks of a building where religious people meet. For some, it represents a place of hypocrisy. Yet, for many this word church holds the very essence of how life was meant to be lived. Regardless of how you might view this word, one thing is crystal clear…everyone from Nietzsche to the Pope has an opinion about the church....

Two of the last things Jesus told His disciples to do was to, “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded,” (Matthew 28) and to, “wait until you receive power from on high and you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1). That charge has not changed for those of us who follow Him today....

The Bible. It is a book that has been around for thousands of years. Men have tried to destroy it, dismiss it, modify it and mock it, and yet these 66 books that form 1 overarching story have remained and persevered through it all. Others have given their lives for it, smuggled in one page at a time just to have it in their hands and have spent entire lifetimes translating it so others might enjoy the benefits of it. Why? Why has this one book produced such hatred in some and such passion and commitment in others?...

There are lots of questions when it comes to the Holy Spirit, and for every question there are 100 opinions. It just seems easier to dismiss the doctrine of the Holy Spirit all together and focus on less controversial things doesn’t it? However, that would be a terrible mistake. If Scripture teaches us about the Holy Spirit, Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit and salvation is the result of being “born of the Spirit” then dismissing this foundational doctrine would be akin to not putting gas in your new car because you can't seem to find the button that opens the gas tank. In the same way you study the users manual to find the button so your car can function properly, we need to study God's Word in regards to the Holy Spirit so that our lives can function properly....

Mr. Dylan’s outlook on humanity may not be the most optimistic view, but you have to admit there is an element of truth to what he’s saying. And, I think something in each of us nods our head at this statement with a bit of resentment because we can all think of that person in our lives who fits Dylan’s description. The sibling, the parent, the coworker, that person who seems to always say or do something hurtful and then follow it up with a routine, “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it.”...

Mr. Spurgeon is giving us a tough pill to swallow, but it is good medicine for our souls. We live in a culture that resists any demand or restriction we feel robs us of our individuality. This is why we like 200 different coffee options, and make mine skinny with soy milk, half a pump, no whip and slightly above room temperature. We like the ability to define our own uniqueness and style because we feel it's what sets us apart....

As we begin this journey through the Purple Book it is important to remember these wise words of Francis Schaeffer. Our desire is not to simply grow in our knowledge of Scripture or to become more informed in doctrine....

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