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Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Go Point: Outline and Discussion Questions

The Go Point: Decision Making and God's Will
2 Corinthians 1:12-22
August 18, 2013
Bethany Place Baptist Church

1. Set your purpose to simply honor God and live by his wisdom

1 Corinthians 1: 12-14 For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand— just as you did partially understand us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you. 

2. Seek to bless others with your choices and decisions

1 Corinthians 1:15-22 Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second dexperience of grace. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? 18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Steps to making good decisions
  • Stay in scripture to shape values
  • Determine your purpose
  • Pray and ask God what to do at each step
  • Identify options
  • Ask who decision affects and how
  • Shine a spotlight around the issue to see new perspectives
Questions for discusion
  • What are some of the biggest decisions that you have ever made?
  • What evidence do you see that we live in a time of tremendous skepticism?
  • How do you feel when someone questions your motives?
  • How do you make decisions? What values drive your decision making?
  • How would you describe the difference in godly discernment and skepticism?
  • What is the danger of vacillating in decision making? 
  • What is the difference in wanting to know God's will because you want to please God or just because you want to avoid pain? 
  • How would you describe your identity in Christ? How does this identity influence your decision making process?

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