“How do we see the forest, not just the trees, of the Christian life?”

The Christian life can be overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like spinning plates—sermons and conversations and books and blogs seem like they give you hundreds of things you should be doing all the time. This can leave you confused, defeated, or determined find some way to do it all. But we can’t miss the forest for the trees. Jesus gives us a way to understand the entire Christian life through the lens of love: love for God and love for others. As we look through these lenses, we cut through the confusion and find a Christian life that consists of a walking with God and walking in the world, all motivated by the gospel, all conforming us to the image of Christ.

Application Questions

1. How do you handle all the different things you hear in sermons, Bible reading, community group discussions, and more? Do you think the discipleship pathway will help you understand and internalize these things? 

2. Think about the different categories on the discipleship pathway: Bible, prayer, heart work, community, mission, calling. What parts do you tend to emphasize in your own life? Which parts do you tend to neglect?  

3. Do you think your Christian life is more motivated by your acceptance in Jesus or by your desire to be a good person on your own? How have you seen that affect your life? 

4. What can you do to encourage gospel motivation in your life?

Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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