The One Thing

Pursue: The Intensity of our Faith – The One Thing
Psalm 27:4, John 6:68

One Thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. (Psalm 27:4)

Demonstrated through the presence of God.

  1. The Christian Faith centers on the presence of God.
  2. The presence of God centers on our fellowship with Him.
  3. Fellowship with God centers upon living at peace with God.

Life Group Questions:

  1. As Christians we have fellowship with God, and profess Jesus as Lord and Savior. Does the verbal confidence of our lives match the reality of our walk?
  2. 20% of Americans when asked what is their one thing or passion responded with the answer of religious faith.
    1. Are you surprised at the tally of 20%? Does it seem lower or higher than you expected?
    2. What are things that compete in your life with the “one thing” that matters?
    3. What are ways that our actions represent our passion? How can we use our actions to share Christ? What are examples of when we have done so?
  3. Fellowship represents an association, especially one with shared interests. What are some important ways that our interests are to overlap with God’s interests? What does it look like to live with God’s interests at the heart of our motivation?
  4. How do you react as a Christian knowing that you constantly have the presence of the Holy Spirit? How is this unique among other religions?
  5. Life can present difficulties and hardships, but how can understanding the eternal destination of Christians change the lens on how we view difficult times and provide a sense of peace?
  6. King David felt comfort by the presence of God, and even rejoiced when being disciplined by God. What are ways God’s presence has been comforting to you in your life?
  7. Peace can be defined as tranquility or freedom from disturbance. How can a Christian have peace even during turbulent times? How would this be different for someone with a secular view?

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68)

Demonstrated through the person of Jesus Christ.

  1. There is one decision that matters over all others.
  2. There is one source for truth and life.
  3. There is one who is above all others.

Life Group Questions:

  1. Peter makes a valid point, aside from Jesus, to whom shall we go? This is the quintessential question in life, how to respond to Jesus.
    1. Why is having the freedom of choice so important in the response to Jesus?
    2. Discuss the critical element of faith in Christianity. Why did God choose to utilize faith over a powerful and obvious display of proof?
    3. Why are more and more Christians falling victim to the idea that there are other ways to God aside from through the Son?
    4. The Hebrew word for holy means to be “set apart”. How should our lifestyle reflect being holy?
  2. What is your favorite scripture or biblical story relating to Jesus? 
  3. Ken mentioned how Amazon tallied the most popular verses from Scripture and that Philippians 4:6 topped the list.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

If someone were to look at your personal Bible, what would your favorite verse or verses be and why?

  1. When people weighed in during the 1st Century about what Christianity looked like from afar, they noticed a sense of power given to the lives of Christians. 
    1. If this was how accounts viewed 1st century Christianity, how do you think Christianity would be viewed today?
    2. How is life similar or different today as supposed to early Christianity?
    3. What are ways people can see the power of Christ in our lives today as Christians? Describe what you think was noticeable for those looking at the 1st century Christians when they stated this?
  2. Jesus is the head of the Church. How is Jesus an excellent portrayal of a leader? How does the example of Jesus’ leadership differ from other secular views of leadership?
  3. Jesus is exalted above all else, yet sacrificed on the cross for us, how is this greatest demonstration possible of God’s love for each and every one of us?
  4. If someone asks you about what being a Christian is all about, how would you answer them?
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