Why LifeStage Classes? Part 3

Why LifeStage Classes? Part 3

We are dedicating a few posts at LBCEquip to discuss the importance of LifeStage Classes for each member. There are 4 different objectives we are exploring:

  1. Biblical literacy + Theological Understanding
  2. Practical Life-application + Obedience
  3. Mutual Care + Discipling
  4. Leadership Training + Development

In this post, we will consider the second one:

Practical life-application & Obedience

in·er·tia [iˈnərSHə] – a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged

So, what does physics have to do with LifeStage Classes? Good question.1

If something is stationary, like a boulder, inertia keeps that boulder from moving. If a boulder is rolling in a certain direction, it would take some force to redirect it. As humans, we are often like that boulder. Spiritual inertia is at a work in our hearts. What we need is the force of Scripture to move us and redirect us. It is easy to grow comfortable with where we are as Christians, but God wants to move us toward Christlikeness; it’s easy to blindly continue on in our own way, but God wants to redirect our path.

It is easy to grow comfortable with where we are as Christians, but God wants to move us toward Christlikeness; it's easy to blindly continue on in our own way, but God wants to redirect our path. Click To Tweet

Anytime we have the opportunity to sit under the teaching of the Word of God, we have the opportunity to allow truth to overcome the spiritual inertia in our lives. This is one of the biggest reasons you should place yourself under solid teaching of the Word as often as possible. We need the force and direction of God’s Truth to move us and change us. LifeStage Classes provide a consistent and unique opportunity for that.

However, in order for that to happen, you will need to be attentive to internalize and apply what you learn. As James instructs, we are to be doers of the Word, not hearers only. In fact, James would go so far as to say that if all you’re doing is hearing it – you are living in a state of self-deception.

How often have you heard a message or a Bible lesson and agreed with what you heard? Maybe you even deeply appreciated it. Many times we hear something that we’ve never thought of before and we whole-heartedly agree with it. But did you know that you could agree with and even greatly appreciate the Word of God without actually obeying it? You could be very excited about the information you hear and mistake your excitement for obedience. That’s how self-deception works, and it just perpetuates spiritual inertia.

Each week when the Word is taught, explained, and applied, you have the opportunity for the spiritual inertia to be overcome in your life. However, it will not happen on accident. You will need to make the effort to move beyond hearing.

Here are 3 areas to consider each week for life-application and practical obedience: head, heart, and hands.

Head

When we come face to face with the Truth of God, we need to learn to identify the lies we believe and replace them with God’s truth. We need to evaluate our natural way of thinking vs. God’s way. We should be asking ourselves:

  • Have I been believing and thinking in a way contrary to truth?
  • In what way(s) does my thinking need to change?
  • If this is true, have I been living in line with it?
  • Is there an area doubt where I need God to strengthen my faith?

Knowing, understanding, and believing the truth is the root from which the fruit of your life grows. Get it deeply planted in the unchanging bedrock of God’s Word!

You can agree with, greatly appreciate, and be excited about the Word of God without actually obeying it. That's how self-deception works, and it just perpetuates spiritual inertia. Click To Tweet

HEART

As the seed of the Word takes root and we grow in believing and meditating on it, our desires for the Lord and His way will begin to grow. This is where we are called to set aside worldly loves and self-centered affections in order to grow in our love for God and others. As we hear the Word taught we should learn to ask ourselves:

  • How should this shape what I love or value?
  • Is this truth really determining what is most important to me?
  • Have I learned to delight in this truth more than my sin?

HANDS

We are called to put off our old patterns of self-centered sinful living and put on the pattern of our Lord’s life. As we listen to the Word, we must identify the ways in which our lives depart from the life of Christ and His Spirit in us. As God exposes our lives to us, we can repent of our sin and by faith follow after Him.

  • Am I reflecting a life of true belief and true repentance? (Matthew 5:3-16)
  • Am I displaying the love of God? (1 Corinthians 13:1-8)
  • Is the fruit of the Spirit evident? (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • Am I living in godly wisdom and humility? (James 3:17-4:10)
  • Are the values of Christlike maturity evident? (2 Peter 1:5-7)
  • Am I growing and changing in the habits of the new man? (Ephesians 4:17-6:9)

Head, heart, and hands – these 3 areas identify the ways in which we need to be moved and changed by the Word of God. But, be aware of your tendency to lean toward one over the others.

  • Too much focus on your head will produce a preoccupation with theological precision that moves you nowhere. What you think and believe is vital, but your character and obedience are just as relevant.
  • An unbalanced focus on the heart will produce an overly introspective person. Yes, what you love and desire are important, but you can contemplate your motives so much to the point that all you see is you and you begin to miss God. You can fall into the trap of trying to feel a certain way before you do anything.
  • Too much focus on the hands produces a life of externalism. Most certainly God is concerned about what you do! But He is very much interested in the fruit of your life coming from a heart and mind that loves and believes Him.

LifeStage Classes are never to be academic environments to create a church that knows a lot about the Bible. We want to be a group of people that have spent so much time interacting with the Truth, meditating on God’s Word, and beholding the beauty and wisdom of Christ, that it changes us!

This week, allow yourself to be under the influence of God’s truth so that the spiritual inertia of your heart would be acted upon to move and change your thinking, desires, and actions for the glory of God.

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1Content for this post has been adapted from chapters 4-5 of Knowable Word, by Peter Krol.


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