ASK | Week 3: Connected to the Source
When seeking God’s blessing, it matters how we define blessing. Are we hoping to be blessed in a way that the world would applaud or in a way that reflects God’s promises in our lives? Jesus tells us that when we make the Kingdom & His righteousness a priority, a blessed life will follow. (Matt. 6:33) There is something about our focus, our desires, and our willingness to be obedient to God’s commandments that impacts how our lives will turn out.
READ 1 Samuel 2:30
Therefore, the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.
READ this passage again and consider these related questions.
Because of their behavior, Eli and his sons were removed from ministry by God. What does this suggest about our actions having consequences?
Make a distinction between how our actions affect blessings verses how actions affect salvation.
How would you fit mercy and grace into this discussion?
Read John 15:5-8
1. Describe how the vine & branches is an analogy for the relationship between Jesus and us?
2. Look at the conditional statement in v.5. How does a connection to Jesus impact productivity and fruitfulness?
3. According to v.6, what results from willfully disconnecting from Jesus? Immediate & Longterm.
4. Connect v.5 to v.7, describe the progression? What is the same/different?
5. Discuss how remaining in Jesus and having his word in us affects how we pray.
6. Discuss how remaining in Jesus and having his word in us affects what we pray.
7. Have you ever prayed for something and not received it? How do you square that with v.7?
8. How does producing fruit and following Jesus bring glory to God? (v.8)