Unshaken – Episode 4Download this Week’s Discussion Guide
SummaryWe all need a proven pattern of living that will not only help us stand under pressure, but one that will continue to draw us closer to the Father. Jesus lived a three-dimensional life and we see evidence of the impact of his life in the apostles and those they discipled. This pattern was defined by Jesus’ relationship with the Father, his relationship with those closest to him and his relationship with the world.
SCRIPTURES, QUOTES AND COMMENTS
Hebrews 12:28-13:3 The Voice28 Therefore, let us all be thankful that we are a part of an unshakable Kingdom and offer to God worship that pleases Him and reflects the awe and reverence we have toward Him, 29 for He is like a fierce fire that consumes everything.
13 Let love continue among you. 2 Don’t forget to extend your hospitality to all—even to strangers—for as you know, some have unknowingly shown kindness to heavenly messengers in this way. 3 Remember those imprisoned for their beliefs as if you were their cellmate; and care for any who suffer harsh treatment, as you are all one body.
The three-dimensional pattern we see here can be summed up in three words:
This is the way of Jesus and it is a simple pattern that will help us establish or re-establish an unshakable faith.
This is about “learning to live in deeper relationships that are balanced between our life with God, life within the church, and life with people who don’t know Jesus yet.” —Breen p. 70 Building a Discipling Culture.
UP | IN | OUT
Jesus live UP with the Father. He lived IN with his disciples. He lived OUT with the hurting world around him.
Luke 6:12 ESVIn these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.
Jesus had a continual pattern of going to be alone with the Father. He prayed regularly.
It is through our UP relationship with Jesus that we learn to abide in him. The author of Hebrews is pointing directly to this UPWARD aspect of our lives in chapter 12 verse 28 because worship and prayer go hand in hand.
In Luke 6 we see that after Jesus spent the night in prayer, he chose a team of twelve who would become the foundation of the future church. This is the INWARD aspect of our life of faith. Jesus invited others IN.
Mark 3:14 NIVHe appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach.
He called them to be WITH HIM. He gave them access to his life, walked with them, ate with them and did life with them. He spent time with them and built strong relationships with them. They laughed together, he spent time in their homes and with their families.
This was the INWARD dimension of his relational life and we are to live and love this way too just as we read in Hebrews. In Hebrews chapter 13, verse 2, we read that we are to show hospitality to strangers. Those would be people who don’t yet know Jesus. This is the OUTWARD aspect of Jesus’ life.
This is the third dimension of Jesus’ life was about being among the people who were hurting, lost and broken. He didn’t wait for people to come to him. He went to them, he came to us and he meets us at our point of need.
Luke 19:10 NIVFor the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Hebrews 13:8 NIVJesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. His mission and purpose for our lives has not changed and I wonder if sometimes our lives feel wobbly because we are living in a way that is out of balance.
Questions:• Which of these three dimensions is easy for you?
• Which is hardest?
• What do you sense God saying to you about finding a better balance?
• What do you believe God is saying you need to do?
TAKE ACTIONTell someone which is easier for you (Up, In, or Out) and which is harder.
Ask someone who is strong in an area you are weak to pray for you and talk to you about how they developed habits and patterns to help them grow.
Think of someone who has put into you and helped you grow. Call them, write them a note or text thanking them for modeling Up, In or Out to you.