Knowing, Living, Strengthening & Thanking
In the twists and turns of the adventures that God is calling us to, He’s constantly reminding us that the greatest adventure is in knowing Him. Each week, we’re producing notes, discussion points and application questions for the Sunday talks from our ‘Jesus Changes Everything’ series — helping you go deeper into everything we’re looking at together and resourcing our Small Groups during the week. Use the embedded player to listen to the talk, or click here to download it on a PC.
Key Passage: Colossians 1:9–14
God is the giver! He has given us Jesus. We simply receive Him and live continually in that posture of receiving. This changes everything, enabling us to live a life that is otherwise impossible. A life poured out. A life of wisdom, understanding, good works, strength, endurance, patience, joy and thanksgiving. Always the flow is that God gives freely to us, in Christ, and from that flow of grace we are able to pour out a life of loving God and loving people.
As we grow in knowledge of God — understanding who He is as revealed in Christ, receiving His love and grace, enjoying Him as our great treasure — we inevitably bear fruit in every good work. Jesus is the true vine. We abide in Him (which means look to Him for all our needs) and as a natural consequence bear the fruit of good work (John 15).
He is the giver and his gifts flow through us to others. And the amazing thing is that through our good works we get to know God better still, so it becomes a cyclical process — know Him, receive from Him, become like Him in giving, Know Him, receive from Him, become like Him in giving…
- What aspect of Sunday’s talk stood out to you?
- Why is it so important to understand that God is the giver and before anything we receive from Him?
- How do we grow in knowledge of God?
- What is the connection between ‘being strengthened’… ‘for all endurance and patience’… ‘with joy’?
- What does it mean to ‘walk in a manner worthy of the Lord’?
- How does increasing in knowledge of God lead to good works? How do good works enable us to grown in knowledge of God? (Matt 25:35–40)
About the World
- Do people naturally think of God as a giver? How can we help people see Him in that way?
- What good works are needed in your home / community / workplace? How will those good works increase a knowledge of God?