Monday, April 25, 2011

Red Letter Day 04: "It Is Finished" Follow Up

Talking through the message during the week helps you turn what God is saying to you into action steps. These talking points, questions and scriptures are designed to help you take the next step.

With your Bible read John 19:28-30 and Revelation 3:1-2.

In John 19:28-30, Jesus’ final words were “It is finished”, indicating He had completed the task God sent Him to do. Just like Jesus had a specific task during His life, each one of us has specific things God has called us to do in our lives.
What tasks or purposes do you feel God has called you to complete? What have you already completed for Him?
As long as we are still living, we can be sure God’s work in us and through us is not yet complete. We all have unfinished business. What is the unfinished business in your life?
What is holding you back from completing your unfinished business?

Read 2 Corinthians 8:10-12, Galatians 5:22-26, Philippians 1:3-6 and Acts 20:22-24.
These passages give us the blueprint on how to finish strong and complete our unfinished business.
What do these passages say to you about finishing strong? 
Describe a time when you finished strong. What did you learn from that accomplishment? 
A lot of people start, but few finish. Why do you think it is so hard for most of us to stay the course? 
Do people in today’s world have trouble keeping their commitments? Why do you think that is? 
What is one thing you can do right now to help you finish strong? How will you take that next step?
What are some specific ways your friends and family can help you take your next step?

next steps
Here are some specific things you can do this week to help you work towards completing your unfinished business:

One of the best ways to uncover the tasks God has called you to do is to talk it over with a mature believer or someone you look up to. Identify who that person is for you. Spend time this week talking to that person. Ask them to help you process how to complete your unfinished business.

Earlier, you identified the unfinished business in your life and considered your next step toward finishing strong. Write this step down and keep it in a prominent place where you will see it often and be reminded of your unfinished business. Ask someone to hold you accountable until this step is complete. Once you have completed this step, ask God and others to help you identify the next task and to continue to hold you to it.

Use these prayer tips to guide your time with God this week to expand your conversations both in person and online:
Ask God to reveal what your unfinished business is and how you can complete it.
Commit to focusing on your task and finishing strong. Seek God’s help and guidance as you identify your unfinished business.
Ask God to show you what your next step should be as you complete the work God has called you to do.
Ask God to remove the distractions in your life that are keeping you from taking your next step.
Ask God to strengthen you to finish all of the tasks He has called you to do.


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