Where do you see yourself having to choose between obeying God and obeying people? Why is that sometimes a difficult decision to make?
What fears do you have of proclaiming the gospel boldly? Is it worth overcoming those fears for others to know about Jesus? What can you do now to overcome those fears? (Consider taking a class with Fellowship this semester. You can visit register.fellowshipnwa.org to sign up.)
Is the gospel controversial today? Why or why not? Who tries to silence the message of Jesus in your world?
How do you see Christianity as unique in the world today?
Heavenly Father, Your will is perfect. There is nothing that could be added or taken away to improve upon Your plan. In the name of King Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I surrender my will to Yours. Make my desires like Your desires. I want to love what You love and hate what You hate.
O God Almighty, Who sees and knows all, help me to discern where my true allegiance lies! Any side apart from You is doomed to fail, no matter how strong the opposition seems and how oppressed Your people feel at times. Don’t let me choose the ways of the world over Your way. I want to please You above anyone else.
Seeking You is worth far more than anything this world can offer. Give me the strength and grace to endure suffering, mockery, or ridicule because of following You. My identity is secure in being a child of God, redeemed from sin through the work of Jesus Christ. Help me to live in that identity every day, knowing that is where true and lasting joy, peace, love, and fulfillment can be found. Amen.
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