Invitation To Imagine (Part 3): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

Choose His presence more than His direction. 

Study Verses

John 1:14-16, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Hebrews 7:18-19, Proverbs 26:12, Isaiah 5:21, Exodus 33:1-3, Exodus 33:12-15, Proverbs 3:5-6

Key Points

  • Love isn’t something God does because it’s what He likes to do; love is something God does because it’s His essence. 
  • God created us in His image. We begin to recognize what we were designed for when we understand His heart and character.  
  • We try to reduce understanding to its lowest common denominator and from our limited perspective. 
  • The law can either be kept or broken. A relationship is either accepted or rejected.
  • God isn’t interested in your obedience out of obligation. He wants you to draw near to Him through a relationship built on trust.  
  • There’s a difference between grabbing the truth and receiving God’s grace.
  • Obedience only comes when we realize that God is worthy of our worship. 
  • The posture of receiving grace is open hands. Grace is the way that love gets received.
  • Truth is designed to be the foundation of trust and the hope of a relationship.

ENCOUNTER

  • What fuels true obedience? How does one know whether they are obeying out of obligation or trust?
  • What’s the difference between grabbing the truth and receiving God’s grace?
  • What does it mean that grace is the way that love gets received?
  • What is more important to you: God’s presence or His direction?

FORMATION

  • Read Hebrews 7:18-19. What provides us confidence in a better hope than the law could ever provide us?
  • Read John 1:14-16. Why does our invitation to imagine God’s heart and character hinge on our perspective of Christ?
  • Read Proverbs 26:12 and Isaiah 5:21. What’s the danger in being “wise in your own eyes”?  What happens to our heart when we only view things from our limited perspective?
  • Read 2 Corinthians 5:7. What happens to our understanding and our quest to control when we walk by faith?
  • Read Exodus 33:1-3 and Exodus 33:12-15. How does Moses’s story highlight the importance of choosing God’s presence more than His direction?

EXPRESSION

  • Read Proverbs 3:5-6. Where are you leaning on your own understanding? Why are you responding to your circumstances in this way? How would seeking His presence rather than His direction influence your approach to this situation?
  • The posture of receiving grace is open hands. Where do you have clenched fists? What would it look like to open your hands up and receive grace in this area?

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