VFC Bible Study worksheet: 15-Mar-2015


Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – March 15, 2015
Theme: Christian Maturity

Topic: Continued thirsting after God

Main Text: Psalm 143:1-12

Key Verse: Psalm 143:6 – “… my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.”

Introduction

One of the most dangerous states a Christian can be in is when he or she feels they “have arrived” – that they have reached the state God ultimately wants them to be, and all they now need to do is tell others how to get there. At this point, the individual loses thirst for God and sees no need to draw strength from Him. However, a truly mature Christian recognises that he remains work-in-progress, and continues to thirst after God.

God has placed in every human heart a longing and a thirst for a relationship with Himself. That longing remains unfulfilled until it finds rest in Him through Jesus Christ. At conversion, the soul opens up to Christ and takes a deep draught of the water of life. He realises how parched he has been.

Sadly however, some never progress beyond that initial experience, and live on the memory of their conversion rather than a daily dependency on Christ. The Psalmist says: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1). Why do most of us not feel the same way as the Psalmist? One of the reasons is that the more we get in touch with the deep thirsts and longings that are within our soul, the more we get in touch with our own helplessness and inability to satisfy ourselves. So what do we do?

The immature are content to feel only a little thirsty so they do not experience the utter
helplessness and abandonment of soul that is required to drink deeply in Christ. Then they device their ways and means of addressing any feeling of helplessness; they act like their rest and security depend entirely on themselves, and perhaps on their societal network. See what God said through prophet Jeremiah: “My people have … forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns … “(Jeremiah 2:13).

However, the mature – those willing to enter the void of utter helplessness, and realise that there is something inside them that only God can satisfy, think at first they are going down the road to death. But actually, it is the road to life. The more they become dependent, the deeper they drink.

An exercise we may want to undertake is to take a piece of paper and write down specific things we have experienced, or that we are experiencing now, where we are definitely sure that dependence on God has made, or is making a difference. The more we depend on Him, the longer our list would be.


Discussion Questions:

1. Read Jeremiah 2:4-13 Share practical examples of “our own cisterns” that we dig in place of constant dependence on God. What are some potential consequences of such cisterns?

2. Read John 4:14 and Matthew 5:6. What does “hunger and thirst for righteousness” really mean, and how in practice are those that hunger and thirst filled?


Prayer:

Father, teach me to constantly seek to quench my thirst from Your fountain, and to acknowledge that there is no other way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

{Partly culled from January/February 1993 edition of Every Day With Jesus by Selwyn Hughes, used by permission of CWR}