SURVIVAL GUIDE: WEEK 4
Day One: Building With God
Acts 20:32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified."
Additional Reading: Colossians 1:12
- God builds on us not only as individuals but also as a family, a community, and a church. How does God working in our lives as individuals prepare us for the test of being shaped by him in the larger groups of our lives?
- God gives the same inheritance to all of His people, no matter their physical features or background. How can the feeling of togetherness connect different individuals into one body?
Day Two: A Small Time To Decide Your Eternity
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Additional Reading: Romans 8:18
- Our time on Earth is miniscule compared to our time in Heaven. Although our time is so much shorter on Earth, our destination for eternity is based on the few short years that we are here. Why do you think God has placed such an emphasis on this time and what can we do to assure that we don't misuse the years?
- God created all things. Most people hear that phrase and think of the tangible things in life such as trees, birds, and people. But God also created the intangible things such as emotions, ideas, and feelings. This verse says that “the things which are not seen are eternal.” Logically, how does it make sense that the intangible things are eternal while the tangible things are not?
Day Three: Fight The Good Fight, But Not Alone
1 Timothy 6:12 "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses."
Additional Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:25-26
- The first phrase in the sentence is “fight the good fight of faith.” What exactly does this mean and how is it fought?
- Two of the biggest steps for a person is believing in Jesus and then being baptized. What is preventing you from placing faith in Jesus and/or being baptized?
Day Four: A Christian's Inheritance is Eternal!
1 Peter 1:3-4 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you"
Additional Reading: Psalm 16:1-6
- Peter teaches that because of God's "great mercy" and "through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," each Christian has "an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you." What a gracious and glorious God! Our inheritance is our Salvation in Jesus Christ. Today, how can you be thankful toward God for His unconditional gift of an "imperishable" inheritance kept in heaven for us?
- Who can you talk to today to openly show your thankfulness for God's gift of inheritance?
Day Five: Christ is the gracious mediator for our inheritance.
Hebrews 9:15 "For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant."
Additional Reading: Romans 5:6-11
- Christ came, died, rose from the dead, and mediated on our behalf in order to make a way for salvation, "so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance." This eternal inheritance is the eternal salvation which Christians have through Jesus' death on the cross. Also consider the high price which Jesus paid for our inheritance (salvation), namely, His brutal crucifixion as an innocent man. He was mocked, whipped, unjustly accused of sin, and suffocated to death. Ultimately, Jesus took on the full wrath of God for the sins of all Christians throughout all time. Jesus paid the ultimate price. And this price secured our inheritance. What have we paid? Nothing. All Christians' inheritance (salvation) is a free gift from God because of His gracious nature. Reflecting on this should produce in us today a desire to better worship God in our actions, thoughts, and words.
- Write a prayer to God thanking Him for sending Jesus as our mediator.
Day Six: Our inheritance propels diligent workmanship.
Colossians 3:23-24 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
Additional Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:10-13
- Working diligently, Christians understand that they have an inheritance in God. This inheritance culminates when we die and enter heaven with God for eternity, worshiping and glorifying Him. Today, work diligently so that "You are serving the Lord Christ." Do this also with joy in the gracious inheritance which God gives to all Christians.
- How can you more diligently work today with the knowledge of your inheritance in God?
Day Seven: Read Ephesians 1:1-14
Write a prayer of thankfulness to God for His inheritance that He’s offered to you.