“The well-lived life must be God-exalting and soul-satisfying because that is why God created us.” - John Piper, “Don't Waste Your Life”

Facing and acknowledging the reality of the Real God who reveals himself in the Bible is the hardest thing we have to do. The beginning of a new year pushes back against our tendency to flee him. We look back and see what he has done in our lives, and we look ahead to the immediate future where he is already prepared to meet us.

Application Questions

1. How do you react to the possibility that God has called you to a specific “destiny” in 2017? How might you pray about that possibility?

2. If you understood that God calls you to be a witness to him and his character by your participation in the community of believers around you, what would you do differently in the new year?

3. Understanding and accepting the reality of the biblical God is hard for us. We prefer a god somewhat more contained or less kingly. What is the hardest work you have to do in this new year to become more obedient to the Real God of Scripture?

Jim Leonard

Jim serves Cornerstone through pastoral care and by overseeing internal ministries and administration.

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