Practical Atheism – Northwest Bible Church

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Practical Atheism

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

Key Scripture

James 4:13–17

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Take Away / Application

  • Invite God into the details and plans of our lives.
  • The simple plan for your life is to follow God’s will.

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as the discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. Describe a situation when you acted in a timely way and you received a great sense of joy or satisfaction from what you did. Describe a time when you procrastinated and missed out on something of great importance.
  2. How do faulty assumptions about the amount of time and knowledge you possess influence your planning?
  3. Read Proverbs 6:6–11 and Proverbs 21:5. Is it bad to make and execute plans?
  4. Read James 4:13–15. We all have an “end point,” but most of us don’t live that way! If you knew you had 30 days to live, what would be the one thing you would do?
  5. Read James 4:13–15 again, but add verse 16 this time. James isn’t saying planning is bad. However, it’s planning without involving God that James is warning us about. How does making plans without involving God reveal pride and boasting in our lives?
  6. When you think of God’s will, what comes to mind? (Elusive, unclear, difficult, lack of fun, etc.) Spend time looking up verses that speak about God’s will.
  7. Read Matthew 7:11. Do you believe that God has a plan for your life?
  8. Describe a time in your life where God’s plan for your life was revealed to you, and what was the result of you following that plan?
  9. Read Matthew 6:10. As you approach your day and future plans, does this verse ring true or is it, “my will be done?” If so, why do you think that is and what needs to change?
  10. How can God’s will rise to the top of your priorities, in your daily activities and future plans? How can your group help keep you accountable to this?
  11. When we realize that our lives are truly finite, that frees us and motivates us to experience everything God has for us in this life. How has this message impacted you to follow Jesus more?

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Scripture Reference



Follow, God’s Plan, God’s Will