01.06.2019 | “First Things First | Wk 1: Impact, Influence + Fulfillment”
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Catch up from the holidays: What were some of your high points of Christmas/New Years?
Were there any low points or struggles?
The Bible tells us that human beings are full of truly amazing potential.
1 John 3:9 tells us that we—all of us—carry within us the seed of God’s life.
Another translation puts it this way: “Those born from God don’t practice sin because God’s DNA (his “genetic character”) remains in them.”
How would you summarize this verse? What do you think it means to have God’s genetic character?
The seed of a plant contains its DNA, its genetic blueprint. The seed of an oak tree looks nothing like a 200 year old specimen, but the potential is all there.
John plays this thought out in an interesting way: read 1 John 4:7-8.
If God is love, and we have the genetic blueprint/DNA of God inside us, how loving are we capable of becoming?
Without discounting our brokenness or our mistakes, “First things first” is about choosing to believe that life change is possible, and to wrestle with the question, “What is my life actually capable of becoming?”
Is there any area of your life that you desire to see significant growth and change?
If you’ve been successful at seeing change in this area in the past, what are some habits and systems, etc., that have been particularly helpful?
If you have struggled to see sustained change in your life, can you name what it is that’s been holding you back?
What is ONE habit or “force multiplier” that you could implement in your life to help move towards this goal?
Getting Out of the Hole
Commit to a goal and to life change. Remember that God has always used “everyday people” to accomplish amazing things in the world, and that means YOU are as much of a candidate for impact, influence, and fulfillment as anyone else.
Write down a goal (or two), share them if you’d like, and keep them around: we will revisit them over the next Sunday or two!
Also, we would LOVE to hear any of the goals you’d love to share with us; you can Tweet them to us (@e3rightnow), post them on our Facebook page, or send them through good old e-mail.
The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard, and a Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster are two in-depth studies of how we can partner with the Holy Spirit to see true life transformation.
In addition, How People Grow by Henry Cloud, is a great practical trainer on how to experience life change.
A couple of great resources of growth and change in life include: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey); Switch: How to Make Change When Change is Hard (Chip and Dan Heath); Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day (Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky).