Sunday, December 28, 2008

Going after God’s heart

This week, my small group curriculum has us examining our hearts.

Big Idea:
Like King David, we are called to be men and women whose hearts are fully given to God. Life is no longer about our will, but instead we seek God’s will and lay it all down for His purposes as we obediently follow His plans. 

King David is the poster-child of what it means to have a heart for God. The life of David is a beautiful picture of love, forgiveness, faith, and the complete abandoned pursuit of God. There are three things that we can learn from David’s life about what it takes to be someone after God’s heart. First, we see that David had a sincere desire to be close to God. Like any relationship, closeness occurs when we spend time with someone. How can we become close to God without spending time with Him? God has given us His Word, prayer, meditation, and fasting as means of growing closer with Him. Scripture shows us that having a heart after God can actually be cultivated. As you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you and your heart will be changed. If you are sincerely open, God will renew a right spirit within you. 

A second thing we learn from David is the importance of integrity. Integrity is who we are at the core of our being; it is about doing the right thing for the right reason. Integrity before God is about freely doing His will out of love, respect, and obedience. This can never be faked because God judges the heart of man. So, chase after God with a pure heart. Finally, David shows us the immense value of being a worshipper of God. David was consumed with the need to be in God’s presence. Therefore, he delighted in worshipping God. Worshipping God helps direct our hearts and our minds away from ourselves and toward God. Worshipping God helps kill selfishness, jealousy, and the desires of the flesh. Intentional worship of God prevents the unintentional worship of other things. 

You can become a David. You can become a person after God’s heart.  

Discussion Questions: (read the scriptures & discuss)

James 4:7-8
What are ways in which we can draw near to God? How does sin and disobedience pull us away from God? 

1 Samuel 16:7
Ultimately, where is integrity measured? Give examples of how you can do something that looks right, but actually lacks integrity. How does obedience to the commands of Christ relate to a Christian’s integrity? 

John 4:24
What do you think it means to worship God in spirit and in truth? How is this similar to the greatest commandment found in Mark 12:30? Discuss different ways we can worship the Lord. 

Taking Action: Like David, ask God to search your heart and reveal any selfish and wrong motives. Be open to what the Holy Spirit reveals and be willing to change. Remember, a person after God’s heart is a repentant person. Finally, become a worshipper and spend time in God’s Word where He will reveal Himself to you and you can become close to Him. 

Ministry Time

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