It has been said that "life is what happens while you're doing other things." Most of our days seem to be filled with those "other things," and for many people, the realization that life is slipping by produces anxiety and a sense of futility. "When my life ends," they ask, "will it make any difference that I have lived– This study challenges us to rethink life and its ultimate significance from an eternal perspective.
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SCRIPTURE: Psalm 1:1–6; 103:15–19; Matthew 5:1–12; 11:7–11; 12:36–37; 25:31–46; John 15:1–17; 1 Corinthians 1:18–31; 15:56–58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 2:14–16; Colossians 3:17, 22–25; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18; Hebrews 11:8–11; 12:1–3; James 4:13–17
• The Issue
By what criteria do many people seem to measure their own significance?
What current aspects or activities of your life are you most likely to label unimportant? Why?
• The Scripture
What word pictures are used in Psalm 1:1–6 to express the nature and significance of life?
What indications do we have in 2 Corinthians 5:10 concerning the eternal implications of our everyday lives here on Earth?
• The Application
Sample application questions:
At what times have you experienced a sense of futility or the feeling that what you are doing is not very important?
Describe a person you know who approaches life with the kind of attitude you would like to have.
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• The Fear of Insignificance, Daniel Taylor (February 1989, 10 pages).
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