Read Deuteronomy 6:5; Luke 10:25-28; Psalm 103:1-5; Isaiah 61:10; Psalm 42:1-11; Matthew 11:28-30
Pastor Trev offered the second message in the series, “Love God.” This message focused on loving God with all your soul.
1. Read Deuteronomy 6:5 and Luke 10:25-28. Pastor Trev began by saying that many people use the words “heart” and “soul” to mean the same thing, yet they are different. In the Greek, heart is kardia, and soul is psuche (soo-kay). The soul is where our emotions reside. Many people have problems controlling negative emotions, or displaying positive emotions. What is one negative emotion you struggle with, or wish you had better control of? (i.e. anger, fear, sadness, jealousy, etc.). What is one positive emotion you wish you displayed more often? (i.e. joy, encouragement, peace, etc.).
2. Pastor Trev said we all need passion in our lives. Passion simply means intensity. Our passion for other things (hobbies, sports, video games, outdoor activities, etc.) ought to be reflective in our passion for God. Think of the last sporting event you attended. What was the level of passion for the home team? How was this passion demonstrated? Now think of your last visit to church. How would you compare the level of passion? Why do you think we tend to be more passionate about sports than we are about God? What are some of the things that contribute to this difference?
3. Read Psalm 103:1-2 and Isaiah 61:10. According to these verses what are some of the things that God gives us that ought to cause us to praise Him and delight in Him? When you think of these things, what is your response to God? How would you rate your passion in response to God’s promises (in these verses and others)? Pastor Trev said, “Stop being boring.” In what ways can we be boring in our response to God’s love and His promises?
4. Read Psalm 42:1-11. How does the writer of this Psalm describe his passion for God in verses 1 and 2? According to verses 4 thru 11, what does the psalmist do to revive his passion for God when he gets discouraged? What do you think the psalmist means when he says, “Deep calls to deep” in verse 7? Does this phrase help you to distinguish between the heart and the soul? How so?
5. Read Matthew 11:28-30. Pastor Trev concluded by saying that , “Jesus can where we can’t.” If we commit to yoking ourselves with Him, what does Jesus promise? What does He ask us to do? Why not take a few minutes, reflect on your passion for God and, if it seems appropriate, ask Him to create in you greater passion.
This week’s challenge:
Meditate on (quietly consider) Matthew 11:28-30