Train – Part 3 – Goals
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, May 31, 2020
What does it mean to have good goals? Why should we have them?
Life Group Study Guide – From May 31, 2020
Scripture: Romans 8:28-29; Philippians 2:12-13; Matthew 20:25-28; Romans 12:6-11; 2 Corinthians 8:7-9; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; Matthew 6:1-6; Galatians 6:9-10; 2 Corinthians 8:12-14; Colossians 4:5-6; Titus 2:10-14.
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1. If someone were watching your life, what would they say you are training for? Is there something you would like to be known for having training in?
2. In Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (p.57), Donald Whitney writes, “To serve the Lord with gladness is every Christian’s commission. In God’s Kingdom, no one is spiritually unemployed or retired. Everyone is gifted to serve, with the goal of being more like Jesus. If we do not discipline ourselves to serve for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom, we’ll serve only occasionally or when it’s convenient or self-serving. The result will be a quantity and quality of service that we’ll regret when the Day of Accountability for our service comes.” Do you agree? Disagree? Why?
3. As we read the Bible, we discover the goals God invites us and challenges us to set. Three of the most significant goals are:
- Be like Jesus (see Romans 8:28-29 and Philippians 2:12-13) – Our ultimate goal is to become like Jesus in our character and heart.
- Serve like Jesus (see Matthew 20:25-28 and Romans 12:6-11) – Jesus came to serve and give his life for us; we are called to serve others the same way.
- Give like Jesus (see 2 Corinthians 8:7-9) – Jesus models a willingness to become poor so we can become rich. This means training to be generous with our time, money and other resources.
Which goal do you feel you have made progress toward?
Which goal do you feel you need to be more intentional about training in?
4. The Bible gives us a lot of incentive to set and pursue goals like these. Some of the most significant reasons why are:
- Personal Reward (see 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; Matthew 6:1-6) – God will reward us personally for how well we follow His call. That reward has eternal consequences.
- Community Benefit (see Galatians 6:9-10; 2 Corinthians 8:12-14) – When we serve, we bless others and make their lives better, whether they are part of the church family or not.
- We make Christ Attractive (see Colossians 4:5-6; Titus 2:10-14) – The way we live and treat others is so appealing that they long for what we have.
How motivated are you personally by these benefits? Does one stand out more than the other for you?
5. How satisfied are you with the way you are training to pursue these goals? Is there some way you / we could take our training to the next level?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?