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Asst. Pastor Michael Raditya - 24 June 2018

What Does A Life Of Hunger Look Like?

WHAT DOES A LIFE OF HUNGER LOOK LIKE?
John 4:31-34
Series: Crave

Physical hunger drives a person in search of money, power or fame. Spiritual hunger drives another to his knees in search of God and to do His work. What kind of hunger does your life reflect?

Discussion Guide

1) Hungry for the Spiritual (v31-33)

Describe a time when you were really physically hungry or thirsty, how was it like for you and what did you do? When was the last time you were so hungry for the spiritual that you decided to do something about it?

Everyone is created with hunger. It's natural to desire things that we see and feel, such as food, companionship, achievements etc. But only God can truly satisfy our deepest needs. If we're not careful, we may fill our hunger with 'junk food' and 'snacks' (things that won't matter for eternity) until we don't hunger for God anymore. Was there a time when you filled your hunger with things that matter less than God? What are some 'snacks' you are feasting on that can spoil your appetite for the spiritual feast that God has intended for you?

Being hungry for the spiritual is more than an emotion. It must affect our practical daily living. It should influence our decisions in how we spend our money, how we plan our time, how we interact with others etc. Reflect on recent decisions you have made. How much do they reflect your hunger for the spiritual? What should you keep doing so that it keeps you hungry for the spiritual? What should you stop or change so that you're not distracted from desiring God?

2) Hungry for God’s Work (v34)

God has prepared us in advance to do good work (Eph 2:10)! Just as God has sent Jesus to save the world, Jesus has sent us to fulfil the Great Commission. What does this say about our purpose for coming to this world?

What does the Great Commission mean to you? How eager are you to see it come to pass? How does your life reflect your desire? How can you get yourself equipped so that you can be more effective in doing God's work? Who are the people you need to approach so that you can witness to them about Jesus or disciple them in His ways?

For believers of some time, doing God's work can become mundane and meaningless. What are some common reasons this could happen? How can believers keep their fervour in serving God? How do we start well and finish well? Where can we go to for comfort and encouragement when we struggle to carry on? Discuss what the Life Group can do to support each other to complete the work that God has entrusted to each of us.

Reflection Questions

1) Hungry for the Spiritual (31-33)

Being hungry for the spiritual should influence our decisions in how we spend our money, how we plan our time, how we interact with others etc. How much do your recent decisions reflect your hunger for the spiritual? What should you keep doing so that it keeps you hungry for the spiritual? What should you stop or change so that you're not distracted from desiring God?

2) Hungry for God’s Work (34)

What does the Great Commission mean to you? How eager are you to see it come to pass? How does your life reflect your desire? Discuss what the Life Group can do to support each other to complete the work that God has entrusted to each of us.

From Series: "Crave"

Food. Companionship. Purpose.

These are just some of the many things we crave for.
God created Man to have desires. Some desires sustain our life physically; some help make our life meaningful. As Christ-followers, part of our growth is to crave for more of God and His will to come to pass in our lives.
These 3 weekends before Conference, overcome obstacles to our craving for God, increase our spiritual appetite, and discover what a life of craving for God can look like.

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