Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Pursuit- Seek Christ

Last week at Wednesday Night Worship we began a 3-week after camp study that continues "The Pursuit" theme that we studied at camp.  We opened the night by singing "Happy Day" (Tim Hughes) and "Beautiful" (Phil Wickham), and by watching the video that I posted yesterday.  We then began the study for the night with a brief review of what we had studied at camp before diving into the thought for the night of seeking Christ.  Each of these three weeks we will begin by looking at Matthew 6:33 before splitting into groups.  Each group had a set of Scripture to read and questions to discuss.  We then went through each part together as a group and discussed each section.  We often seek with passion that which is most important to us.  Often we only seek Christ half-heartedly because He is not that important to us.  We should seek Him passionately and whole-heartedly and each of the groups looked at a different attribute that should lead us to that.  Here are Scriptures that each group looked over and discussed:

Group 1- Christ is Creator and Sustainer of All Things
John 1:2-5, 10
-What do the words "creator" and "sustainer" mean?
-When you imagine what it looked like when God created the world, whom all do you picture in the scene?
-Whom was God talking to when He said 'Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness' in Genesis 1:26?
-Explain the Trinity and how it was possible for Christ to be there.

Group 2- Christ is the Revelation of God
John 1:1, 14, 18
What does the word "revelation" mean?
-Why is Jesus called "the Word"?
Colossians 1:15-20
-What does it mean that Christ is the "image of the invisible God"?
-How does this phrase relate to John 1:1?
-What are specific instances in Christ's life on earth that show that Christ was fully God?
-What do you think it was like to be around Jesus?

Group 3- Christ is Grace and Truth
John 1:16-17
-What do the words "grace" and "truth" mean?
-What did John mean when He explained that "the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ"?
-Discuss how you have personally experienced God's grace through Christ.
-Discuss how you have personally witnessed the truth of Christ in your life.

After discussing these as a whole group, we closed the night by taking a few moments in silence reflecting on these attributes and the one that we are most thankful for.  I challenged the students to go home and spend some more time that night reflecting on which attribute means the most to them.  When we begin to understand the nature of God is when we will be begin to pursue Him whole-heartedly.

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