Cultivate Reflection Guide
OLD RULES for a NEW LIFE
Everyone Worships Something
Pastor Matt Brown | January 28-29, 2023
We’re on a journey to reimagine the 10 commandments as the rules and rhythms for a new life that God invites us into as we follow His Son, Jesus Christ. These 10 rules were not the way into a new life but a sign that God’s people were delivered to live a new life. First came deliverance and freedom, then the rules for living.
As you reflect on the weekend message, what got your attention or got you thinking? How are you encouraged or challenged to cultivate that truth into your life SO THAT you live out what you’re learning?
God is Jealous for You
Read: Exodus 20:4-6 NLT
Dig Deeper Opportunity: Ephesians 3:16-19 NLT
Reflect: The 2nd commandment is clear – God will not tolerate us giving our affection to “little g” gods. According to the verses in Exodus, what are the consequences of worshipping other gods? In contrast, what is the blessing we receive when we love God and obey His commands?
Respond: How does the truth that God is jealous for you demonstrate how much He loves you? How does that same truth challenge the way you’re worshipping [loving and obeying] Him?
What are Idols?
Read: 1 John 5:21 NLT
Reflect: Idols are anything that take God’s place and steal our devotion to Him. Look back at the past week and take some inventory. What captured your time and energy? Did your attention and affection wander? Where did you turn to instead of turning to God? How were you distracted, placing other things above God?
Be REAL with God: God already knows, but confession invites Him to meet us with grace, power and freedom. Confess the idol that has taken a place above God, even if that was a good, great or necessary thing. Pray back 1 John 5:21, asking God to keep you from anything that might take His place in your heart.
The Allure of Idols
Reflect: We all have desires, feelings, and emotions that draw us away from true worship. Are there any positions, preferences or pleasures you’ve built into parameters to worship God your own way? These could be conditions, comforts, conveniences, opinions, demands or even excuses.
Respond: Exchange your false idol for intimacy with the one true God. What is an act of worship you could cultivate into your life this week so that you draw closer to Jesus and know Him more.
Cultivate Prayer: Jesus, I confess that I’ve put position, preference and pleasure before you, and I’m sorry. You laid down your life for mine, and you alone are worthy of being first in my life. Keep me from anything that might take your place in my heart. Help me to obey your commands and worship you above all else so that your unfailing love blesses my life today and to come. I ask this in your mighty name. Amen.