For the Love of a City
Exile is not easy.
"This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”Jeremiah 29:4-8
Don't try to escape lostness. Engage it!
► Jesus changes the crowd I hang out with
► Jesus changes how I spend time with believing friends
► Jesus changes the way I step into everyday, ordinary moments
► Jesus changes the way I use what's at my disposal
► Jesus changes the way I pray
► Jesus changes my attention from easy places to hard places
"This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:9-11
Place your hope in God's promises.
LIFE GROUP NOTES SESSION 4
THE LOVE FOR A CITY
We are ALL alive in Christ no matter were we came from, what we look like or who we know.
BIBLE STUDY NOTES
What's one practical way you could take off the old self and put on the new self this week?
What are some of your favorite psalms, hymns, or spiritual songs? Why are they your favorites? What do they teach about God and His gospel?
LIVE IT OUT
Select at least one activity below to complete before next week.
Memorize Colossians 3:11-16. This week, focus on these verses, reciting it to yourself over the next few days.
Pray through the characteristics of the old and new self this week. Ask God to show you what you need to put to death and what you need to put on and ask Him for the strength to obey.
Every time you get dressed or change clothes this week, reflect on what it means to take off the old self and put on the new self. Pray God would continue to remind you that you have been made new in Christ.
⊲ GIVE THANKS
Make a list of things you're grateful to God for. Consider going back through your story of coming to know Jesus and making note of the things God's done for you. Take a few minutes to thank Him for how He's brought you from death to life.