What Is Unique About the Christian Worldview of God?

In every other religion, people either have to know something, experience something, or do something to be made right with God.

In Christianity, the grace of God comes to us because of His innate love for us. That grace comes in the form of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died for our sins.

It is God’s love and grace that separates Christianity from other world religions.

How Do We Practice Emotional Restraint When Dating?

Miles says it’s important to limit how fast the emotional intimacy grows in a dating relationship. Many couples play “pretend marriage” in their dating relationship, but dating should be special. Miles suggested seeing each other a couple times a week, texting a couple times a week, and leaving things at that. Miles advises not to think too far ahead when dating, which creates a “fake” intimacy where commitment doesn’t match up.

We often used the word “love” too quickly; marriage is the ultimate expression of love and because love is more than merely an emotional commitment, using the word love in a relationship should mean that a commitment of marriage is eminent.

Christians: Hang With Non-Christians

When we get to heaven, there won’t be any lost people. Why are we spending all our earthly time with Christians? We have eternity for that! Our one and only opportunity to reach lost people and help them receive God’s gift of salvation is now. It’s time for the church to intentionally step outside its walls and show the world the love of Christ.

The Key To Creativity

When you enter a lost person’s world, the key to creativity is to believe there’s always an answer. Learn John Maxwell’s four pictures of God to help you find the right connection point:

  • the fence
  • the garbage can
  • the stairway of good works
  • the door with Christ knocking on it

Get creative and use these pictures as you explain God’s true character and saving grace.

Redefining “Giving It My All”

Jesus gave His all. When we look to His life as an example, we must redefine what it means to “give our all.” Our “all” compared to His “all” is surely lacking.

In the Bible, we’re commanded to love God with our “all.” How much better would your life be if you loved God with your “true all?”

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”

– Matthew 22: 36-37

Join God In His Work

Everything that God’s called us to do, he can do infinitely better. But God does not invite you to join him in what He’s doing because of what you can do for him. He does it because he loves you.

God is so secure in his sovereignty that he invites you to join him in his work.

But God’s sovereignty doesn’t abdicate you from your responsibility. He has positioned and placed you where he wants to use you.

God Wants The Best For You

How you think about God affects how you live. When we think about God in the right way, it can transform our life.

When you read the Bible, do you think God has a smile on his face? He does.

God loves you and has a plan for you life. When he reveals sin in your life through the Bible, he’s not beating you down, he’s growing you up. He’s calling you to more.

God Loves Everyone Equally

Sometimes we think that there’s a scale of how “good” we are to God or how much He loves us.

God doesn’t love us like that. There’s nothing you could do to make God love you more than he does right now, not greater achievement, greater accomplishment, not even greater levels of spirituality and obedience.

We don’t pray and serve and give and share to earn God’s love, we do it in response to his love. We don’t obey to get God to love us better; we obey because it really is a better life.

 

Bonus Week: “The Zax” – Parenting Through Prodigals

Scripture: Proverbs 1:7, 14:8, 14:3, 16:18, 19:3

Develop short-term pain tolerance for long-term purpose.

God understands parental Pain. There’s no one who understands better what it’s like to hurt as a parent than God.

3 Myths:

  1. Perfect parenting makes perfect children.
  2. It’s all my fault.
  3. I can rescue them.

3 Common Warning Signs of a Prodigal:

  1. Become Increasingly Self-Centered
  2. Think They Know all the Answers
  3. Demand Immediate Gratification

How to reach Prodigals:

  1. Unending Patience
  2. Unwavering Prayer
  3. Unconditional Love

Fall Back in Love

Scripture: Romans 8

The Truth: Romantic love may start a marriage, but only true love will strengthen a marriage for life. And true love comes from God alone.

The Dare: We dare you to fall back in love – Let kindness conquer contempt in your marriage.

Action:

Dare: (Fall back in love)

  • Get back to praying for each other
  • Get back to sexual intimacy
  • Get back to walks and talks
  • Get back to date nights

Double Dog Dare: (Change Emotionally Mature)

Get Emotionally Mature (Healthy)

Scripture: Romans 8:31-39

The Truth: God loves us perfectly. But dysfunctional love drills a hole in our soul (emotional wounds).

The Dare: Conquer the lies that conquer you – We Dare you to get emotionally mature (fix the hole)

Action:

Dare: (Improve Emotional Maturity)

  • Quick to Listen
  • Slow to Speak
  • Slow to become angry, selfish, vent or blame

Double Dog Dare: (Change Emotionally Mature)