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God Is Devoting Himself To One Principal Project

“…Until Christ returns to make everything new, including people, culture, and currently weed-filled gardens, God is now devoting Himself to one principal project: forming followers of Jesus into lovers like Jesus. In speaking to the Galatians, Paul’s deepest passion was not to see their church increase in numbers, to encourage an effective conference ministry, to send more missionaries to foreign fields, or to change culture in God-honoring ways; it was to see Christ fully formed in their lives. Of course Jonah’s ministry to Nineveh mattered to God. But one gets the impression that the formation of Jonah’s soul is the focus in this story.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “Resist and Run (When Doing Wrong Feels Right)” Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!

Questions for Reflection:
• What good goals or activities do you personally see as your biggest substitute for allowing the Holy Spirit to draw you into a life of following Jesus by living out of His shared love?
8 Why do you find those Christian activity or ministry goals easier to pursue than living simply to see Jesus more clearly and to love others as unselfishly as He has loved you?
• Has a focus on Christian activity or service been a replacement for actively loving someone close to you?
• As we wait for the time when all things will be made new, what newness of life is the Holy Spirit inviting your heart toward today?

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Soul Formation Is Essential

“…In God’s thinking about what matters most and in His way of carrying out His thought, ministry (as we commonly understand the term to mean doing something for someone else) is vital. But ministry loses life-changing power when it flows from a soul not committed to ongoing formation. Soul formation in individual persons is essential for deep work in others. That thought leads to another: missional work is designed to be the overflowing of formational work. Ministry to others gains power as the Spirit ministers His soul-forming work in us.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “Resist and Run (When Doing Wrong Feels Right)” Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!

Questions for Reflection:
• When you spend time in Bible study in preparation for ministry, do you tend to seek information to share with others or to meet with and see more clearly the One Who has chosen to share His very life with you?
• How has knowing Jesus changed You in ways beyond moral principles?
• Does this ignite hope in you to share with others, or do you sense the Spirit inviting you to more of Christ than you’ve been settling for?

The God Who Died For You Is Up To Something Good

“Hear the gospel story that will lead you through suffering and failure to hope only in Christ, never in yourself. Tremble before the God whose thoughts and ways, so far above yours, will at times make no sense to you. But trust that the God who died for you when you deserve eternal judgment is up to something good. He is always telling a good story. He can never do less.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “A Christian’s Response to an Incomprehensible God” (Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!)

Questions for Reflection:
• Are you currently struggling with something in which God’s ways don’t make sense to you?
• Take some time to think of all that God has redeemed you from, of the ways in which He has intervened in your life in the past, when you were at the mercy of your own failure.
• Take some time to offer your present struggle and confusion to Him honestly, while also expressing your gratitude for His past faithfulness.

Incomprehensible God

“When difficulties intrude and failure continues, we meet the incomprehensible God. Who is He? What is He up to? We hear the gospel plan for our lives, a plan that includes trouble, hard times, failure, and ongoing sin, and it’s not what we had to mind. It doesn’t make sense. What then?”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “A Christian’s Response to an Incomprehensible God” (Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!)

Questions for Reflection:
• What circumstances in your life have left you at a loss about what God is doing?
• What questions surfaced in your heart in response to that confusion?
• What have you done with those questions?
• Take some time today to invite God into those questions, not demanding answers, but drawing near to Him in the midst of them, regardless of how your heart may still struggle with mystery.

When Christians Hear God’s Call

“When Christians, properly settled on the plan of salvation in Christ, hear the call of God on their lives, something deep in their souls is disrupted. When Christians hear God’s call, not simply to a specific ministry or to a moral lifestyle or to theological study, but to become a certain kind of person whom no one can ever fully become this side of heaven, a battle begins. The journey finds its way onto a narrow road.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “A Christian’s Response to an Incomprehensible God” (Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!)

Questions for Reflection:
• When you think of “God’s call” on your life, do you typically think of that as the call to become like Jesus in the way that you relate?
• What do you sense the Holy Spirit disrupting in your soul currently to draw you into the journey of learning to love like Jesus does?

Remarkable Confidence

“Spiritual people touch others because they are free. Their passion to obey God releases a willingness to give whatever is in them to give. They live with remarkable confidence that what is deepest within them comes from the Spirit. It is Christ. And they delight to make Him known.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Safest Place on Earth, “ENTER. SEE. TOUCH: A Way of Developing Spiritual Community” Page 175

Questions for Reflection:
• Do you tend to view sharing Christ with others primarily as something you do or as the result of His life flowing from yours?
• What has God been stirring in your heart lately, not as a lesson to be learned or an insight to be shared, but as a clearer vision of Who He is and of what it means to be His beloved child?

Our Passion for Self-Protection

“The passion to protect ourselves, to keep our wounds out of sight where no one can make them worse, is the strongest passion in our hearts. And it will remain so until we experience a certain kind of relationship, until we meet the crucified and resurrected Christ, and experience a person like Christ, someone broken yet beautiful….”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Safest Place on Earth, “It Takes an Armando” Page 35

Questions for Reflection:
• In what ways has brokenness freed you from self-protection?
• What opportunity do you have today to offer a taste of this freedom and hope to someone who is still determined to hide or avoid pain?
• Take some time today to consider not only the gift that the crucified and resurrected Christ offers you but also what following Him allows you to offer others.