Catalyst Week 1

Life Changing Truth

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What would your life be like if you had perfect faith/confidence in God no matter what happens, goes right, goes wrong, etc? God wants you to trust Him - to have confidence in who He is and how He comes through for you. When our acts of faith intersect with God’s faithfulness, our faith grows. Our problem with God is not that we sinned against Him, our problem is that we don’t trust Him. God is devoted to growing your faith in Him. He is utterly committed to your growth towards this. 

Reggie Joiner and Andy Stanley map out the spiritual journey under these 5 things. We call them Catalysts.

There are 5 things that God uses to grow our faith. 

  • Pivotal Circumstances 

  • Significant Relationships 

  • Personal Ministry 

  • Spiritual Disciplines 

  • Life Changing Truth 

We are in the greatest age of information ever. Blogs, vlogs, podcasts, university online, etc. 

With the rise of more and more information, it’s changed how we view spiritual formation. The questions become: What are you learning? Where are going to church? Are you going to church?  We rate closeness with God as to wether we’ve attended church consistently

These questions aren’t bad... they’re just not the questions Jesus was interested in. 

When we look at Jesus, He seemed to care more about people putting what they knew into action.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger doesn’t produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. - James 1:19-21

What: be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.

Why: human anger doesn’t produce/cultivate the righteousness God desires.

What should I do about it: get rid of all the moral filth in you and accept the Word in you.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

- James 1:22

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. - James 1:23-25

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. - James 1:26

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. - James 1.27

Your confidence in God grows with your dependence on God

ACTION: READ JAMES THIS WEEK AND ASK, “JESUS WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO LIVE OUT OR APPLY TODAY?

“Unapplied truth is like unapplied paint. It doesn’t do anyone any good. The value of paint is in the application.” - Lane Jones