That you may know!
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may knowwhat is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your lovetoward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened…
The eye is the lamp of the body.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
“It is anything absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.”
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
LIFEGROUP NOTES Week 3 - That You May Know
Through Jesus and the Gospel message, God is continually transforming lives. He takes people who are heading in the wrong direction and turns them around, it’s complete life transformation. One major part of this life transformation is a fundamental shift in the perspective of the person whose life is being changed. This takes place so that ‘They may know’ God better.
As a group, discuss some of the things that you, now as a believer, see differently than you did before you came to know Christ? How have your perspectives different since your life transformation?
Tonight we are going to talk about one aspect of living a transformed life--experiencing a shift in our perspective. Each one of us has a part in God’s story, but sometimes we miss our part because we are so wrapped up in our own very small story--in other words our perspective is wrong. The question we should ask ourselves tonight is this: ‘Am I willing to lay down the starring role of my very small story, to play a small supporting role in God’s huge story?’ in order ‘that I may know’ God more--through my thoughts, actions, and beliefs.
Join with us tonight as we look at what scripture has to say about possessing a shifted perspec- tive! As a group, turn to Romans 12, let’s focus on v2 for the majority of tonight’s study.
Romans 12:2 breaks down into four smaller parts they are as follows:
Part 1 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world
Part 2 - but be transformed by the renewing of your mind
Part 3 - Then you will be able to test and approve God’s will
Part 4 - His good, pleasing, and perfect will
1. Let’s look first at Part 1, ‘do not conform to the pattern of this world’. What can we learn from these words? (think logically, don’t go too deep)
2. Now let’s look at Part 2, ‘but be transformed by the renewing of your mind’. Paul is writing to the believers who make up the church in Rome. What can we learn from Paul’s words in part 2?
3. Part 3 of Romans 12:2 says, ‘Then you will be able to test and approve God’s will’. How does this part of Romans 12:2 help us understand the reason for our need in a shift of perspective and for God’s desire for us to know Him?
Romans 12:3 hammers home the point made in v2. We must be sober with our thinking and perspective in order to know God. This perspective shift often looks different for each person, but one thing that we all have in common is that we need to look at ourselves with a different per- spective--we must think of ourselves soberly or in a realistic way! We must recognize that we are sinful and in need of constant renewal/forgiveness from GOD. This shift in perspective allows us to serve God in humility. It allows us, the created, to take a back seat to God, the creator! When this shift begins in the life of a believer--other’s become more important, the church is seen as essen- tial, servanthood becomes a priority, and God has a right place in our lives and minds! All of which are diminished in the perspective of the world!