Main Idea: Following the filling calls us to move past information to desperation – an active, deep, and urgent need for the Holy Spirit.
Discussion Starter: What’s something you know a lot about, but have not actually done yourself? Examples: you know players, stats, and plays in football but have never played at a high level; or you have watched hours of baking or home remodeling shows but have never really done those things.
Introduction: Information alone does not produce transformation. Simply knowing about Jesus is not the same as being transformed by Him. The Pharisees of Jesus’ day had the first 5 books of the Bible memorized, but it did nothing to bring them closer to a relationship with the Messiah. Only someone who has a desperation for God is able to take what they know about Him and act on it.
Primary Scriptures: Luke 4:18-19, Luke 4:20-22, 2 Timothy 3:5, Matthew 11:2-5
- Read 2 Corinthians 3:17-18. How is God currently transforming you through His Spirit? Remember, this is not a competition and there should be no shame in your progress.
- Describe a time when you know the Holy Spirit led you to do something, but you did not do it? How can you react differently next time?
- Read Psalm 63:1. Have you ever felt desperate for God? How did He respond?
- How can you partner with the Holy Spirit to elevate God in your life?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read James 4:17 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Getting to know you: What are you most desperate for God to do in your life?
Getting to know them: Romans 8:11 talks about the Spirit that we share. How can knowing the Spirit is the same within each believer move you to work with others to love God and people?
Getting to know Him: Think about and discuss how desperation allows you to elevate God while making less of yourself.
Engaging at Faith Promise: How can you partner with Faith Promise to move from simply knowing about the work at FP to getting involved?
Engaging in Community: What does a life of desperation look like for those seeking God’s help love people?
Engaging the World: Pastor Zac said “desperate times call for desperate people.” Where is God calling you that is desperate?