Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Next steps

Sunday's sermon (9/26) was from Daniel 5:1-5, 24-28), titled, "Living in the Light of Eternity." What are the "next steps" God will have us take in response to the Word we heard?
"May we receive the word we hear each in an honest heart
And keep the precious treasure there, and never with it part."
1. What do you think God has to say about the state of our world today? Is anyone listening or does anyone care?
2. Do you find it easy to be judgmental about others faults?
3. Belshazzar is disrespectful of holy things (Daniel 5:2-4). How are we guilty of failing to respect holy things?
4. Daniel's admonition to Belshazzar is sobering (Daniel 5:18-23). What life lessons from parents, elders, teachers, etc., have you failed to heed?
5. "Living in the light of eternity" means that we take our lives seriously, that we refuse to live "sometimes recklessly, sometimes carelessly, often thoughtlessly because we don't think about the consequences of our behavior, and certainly don't expect eternity to begin any time soon." How can we make decisions to live "on purpose" in light of eternity?
6. What questions/thoughts/convictions were raised in your mind after hearing this sermon or reading this passage? How is God speaking to you now?

"Let truth, the light of my heart, speak to me, and not my own darkness!"
Augustine, Confessons, Book XII, Chapter 11

"Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart."
Psalm 119:33-34

Pastor Kenneth Q. James

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