Eternal Over Temporary 03 Sep 17

(Message 6) A proper perspective on eternity shapes our view of today. It has the power to change the very trajectory of our life. Join us we learn to spend our lives generously for God in light of eternity and to value the eternal over the temporary as we get over ourselves.

When we choose to be generous toward God:

  1. We store up treasure for ourselves in heaven.
  2. We begin to see everything through the lens of eternity.

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  1. Troy shared this letter that Adoniram Judson wrote to his future father-in-law.  
    • “I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair.”
    • Put yourself in the place of the father-in-law.  
    • How would you have responded?  
    • How would you honestly have felt about the proposal?
  2. Read this quotation by Ann Judson:  
    • “I feel willing, and expect, if nothing in Providence prevents, to spend my days in this world in heathen lands.  Yes, Lydia, I have about come to the determination to give up all my comforts and enjoyment here, and sacrifice my affection to relatives and friends, and go where God, in his Providence, shall see fit to place me.”  
    • What was Ann willing to sacrifice of the treasures of this world for the treasures of heaven?
  3. Read Philippians 3:7-21.  What was Paul willing to sacrifice? Discuss these verses and how Adoniram and Ann followed Paul’s example. In what ways did their perspectives reflect the eternal over the temporary?
  4. Read Luke 9:23 and Luke 12:27-34.
    • How did they become equipped to obey the call?
    • What made them capable of obeying God’s call on their lives?
    • Can you think of examples in your own life of the same power at work?
  5. Putting all of this in perspective, how can you align your life with these examples today?  God may not be calling us to go out of the country to serve Him like the Judson’s, but He is calling us to serve Him in Brunswick County.  What is He calling you (and/or your small group) to do right now in your family, small group, neighborhood, workplace, or church?
  6. Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19. What did Paul mean by the phrase “take hold of the life that is truly life?”  How can you live that type of life?
  7. How does God reward us when we faithfully and anonymously: do good, are rich in good deeds, give our money to God’s Kingdom, and share with others?
    • Read Proverbs 16:2. Think about and discuss whether your current motives reflect a focus on God’s rewards.
    • Do they reflect and demonstrate humility, hope in God, stepping out in faith, and giving with a generous heart?  
    • In which areas do you need to make adjustments?  
  8. Read Proverbs 4:23. In light of the previous discussion, what is your reaction to this verse?
  9. Read Matthew 19:29.  How would we live our lives differently if we really understood and believed the eternal focus of Jesus’ words in this verse?  
  10. Think back on where you invested your time, energy, emotions, and resources this week. Filter it all through this question: “Will this matter for eternity?”
    • So now, what would you have done differently?
    • And, what are you going to do tomorrow . . . with eternity in mind?

Daily Scripture Readings:

Day 1: Psalm 119:86; Matthew 5:10-12

Day 2: John 15:20; Luke 9:23

Day 3: Luke 12:16-24

Day 4: Proverbs 16:2; Philippians 4:19

Day 5: Philippians 3:7-14

Day 6: Philippians 3:18-21

Day 7:  Luke 9:23; Colossians 3:2-3




Troy Knight

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