Watch the video above and talk about it with a friend or mentor.
The second foundational truth for a pursuit of God is that in response to God’s grace, Christians intentionally live to honor God.
- The Christian life is based on grace. The Christian life is not a matter of proving our worthiness or earning God’s favor.
- We live to honor God. Pleasing God cannot be reduced to a checklist. Jesus made it clear that the Christian life is about relationships, not regulations.
- The Bible guides us. Christians do not look to any church for the ultimate truth about what to believe or how to live. We look to God’s word (Luke 11:28).
- The Holy Spirit empower us. The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee (Ephesians 1:14), so his presence and work in us are not conditional on our worthiness.
- Other believers help us. Every Christian is a part of God’s church (1 Corinthians 12:12). This is not a visible institution, but a network of relationships described in the Bible as a family, a body, and a flock (Ephesians 2:19; Romans 12:4-5; Acts 20:28).
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Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- Think of Christians whose lives you have admired or not admired. What factors led you to that conclusion, in either case?
- Read Titus 2:11-12. How does grace act as an incentive to turn from godless living?
- “Pleasing God cannot be reduced to a checklist.” Do you agree or disagree, and why?
- Read Matthew 22:37-40. What two relational priorities does Jesus identify? In what way do these two commandments express “the entire law”?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:15-17. What does the Bible have the ability to do in our lives?
- Read Ezekiel 36:26. Describe the difference between a “stony” heart and a “tender” heart. What is the Holy Spirit’s role?
- Read Galatians 6:1-2. What are some ways we need other believers in our life? What happens when we try to go it alone in the Christian life?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part 2 of the Foundations for Mormons series.