• Matt Beaney

#191 – I WANT TO KNOW CHRIST (14/9/20)


Think about the people that you have spent time with recently. Have you got to know anybody new? What have you learned from or about the people that you have spent time with?


We all want to be known - be of concern - but do we want to know people? Are we interested in their lives and helping them? Most importantly, are we interested in knowing Jesus or are we satisfied with His knowing and loving us only?


Paul expresses the greatest hope of all Christians - to know Jesus fully when we go to Him in death or, if it should happen first, at His return; this knowing Jesus is our destiny and should, therefore, surely be our current pursuit! He writes,

‘For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.’ (1 Corinthians 13:12)

How are you growing in your relationship with Jesus? Do you feel closer to Him now than, say, a year ago? Do you have more knowledge of Him from His Word? Paul expressed his desire to know Jesus,

‘I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.’ (Philippians 3:10-11)

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would continue to help us to know Jesus. He promises,

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:25)

RESPONSE

This week (and next) we’ll be exploring more about what it means and how we can come to know Jesus more. Today, let’s simply express to Him our desire to know Him. This is the most important ambition that any Christian should have. It’s an ambition, however, that can only be fulfilled as the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us.


COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY - KNOWING LEADS TO LIKENESS


Notices

It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.


Suggested opener/Ice-breaker

Growing up, who did you most want to be like and why?


Introduction - please share in your group

Knowing leads to likeness. Knowing God will lead to our transformation into the image of God increasingly over time. Paul wrote,

‘I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.’ (Philippians 3:10-11)

Paul expresses his desire to know Jesus, but this knowing includes our living like Jesus who suffered, died and rose again. Christians, those who know Jesus, suffer like and for Jesus in many ways; they have died to their old lives (symbolised in baptism) and choose to live out this reality; finally, they will be like Christ when, at the end of history, they will rise from death and receive eternal life in a resurrection body.


Discuss in your group

(Choose which questions to cover based on the time you have)


1. Being a Christian is to experience resurrection power at work in us. What has God changed in you that you are most thankful about?


2. How have you had to suffer as a Christian?


3. A Christian has died to their old life and has a new life in Christ. Read Galatians 2:20 and discuss what this means?


4. How much do you think about future resurrection and is this something that you are excited about?


Discuss/share/pray in smaller groups:

1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?

2. What will you do in response?

3. How can we pray for you?



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