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Chase Lead.: Chasing After the Heart of God

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What are you chasing?We’re all chasing after something, something that we think will make us happy—comfort, success, a bigger house, or someone’s approval. But if we are all honest, it feels like trying to catch the wind.

A man after God’s own heart…As David’s life weaves throughout the pages of Scripture, we see he was a man who spent his life chasing after God. TheChaseBible study explores the events that defined David’s life and the Psalms that flowed out of those ...

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Overview

What are you chasing?We’re all chasing after something, something that we think will make us happy—comfort, success, a bigger house, or someone’s approval. But if we are all honest, it feels like trying to catch the wind.

A man after God’s own heart…As David’s life weaves throughout the pages of Scripture, we see he was a man who spent his life chasing after God. TheChaseBible study explores the events that defined David’s life and the Psalms that flowed out of those experiences. Through David’s example we’ll discover what God really wants from us.

This guide serves as a tool to prepare you in leading thisChasestudy and to encourage you along the way. It helps you as the leader to effectively point your women to the overarching theme of each lesson and point them to the themes of each study.

God is invisible, and yet he is the only thing we can chase that won’t leave us feeling more empty.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780529109941
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 58
  • Sales rank: 400,090
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennie Allen is a passionate leader and visionary following God'scall to inspire women to encounter the invisible God. With a Master's in Biblical Studies from DTS, Jennie is the author of two Bible studies, Stuck, a CBA best-seller,andChase, and the ECPA "New Author of the Year" winner of Anything and Restless, which also includes a DVD-based study. The founder of IF: Gathering, Jennie, and her husband Zac, have four children.
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chase lead.

chasing after the heart of God


By JENNIE ALLEN

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2012 Jennie Allen
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-529-11798-4



CHAPTER 1

identity


What if the identity we are all chasing has already been given to us by God.


MAIN IDEA: The identity we are chasing will fail us again and again, but the identity that God gives, if we will grasp it, is substantial and changes everything.

This week we will look at one reason why we are chasing the things of this world: we are looking for a strong identity. We want to know we matter and that we are unique. David lived with a very strong sense of identity and it began by believing fully in what God said about him.

Here are some general goals and thoughts for your time together this week:

:: Identify and define some of the things we try to put our identity in.

:: Discover how David's calling was similar to God's calling for us.

:: Discuss the things God says about His commitment to us.

:: A secure identity comes from a high view of God, not from an inflated self-esteem.


MAIN GOAL: Lead people to a right view of their own depravity and failed identity apart from a God who restores them and gives them a secure, monumental identity.


Homework Discussion

Here are some suggested places to focus as you go over the homework together. Ask the group:

:: Share what you learned as you studied David in 1 Samuel 16.

:: How did Psalm 23 speak to you based on where you are in your life right now?

:: Discuss your response to Project 2.

:: What else did you learn as you studied and interacted with the lesson and Scripture this week?


Video and/or Teaching

Watch video session: Identity


Ask Conversation Cards

If you are in a large group, break into small groups of 5 for discussion time using the Ask conversation cards. Distribute this week's Ask cards and guide the women to ask and answer the questions on the cards. Remember to begin with the Scripture card and end by stressing the scriptural truth group members can apply to their lives as a result of what they discussed in your group time. Close this discussion by praying for the things shared and praising God for His position in our lives and in eternity.

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

Ephesians 1:4–6

CHAPTER 2

courage


Courage is the strength that leads us to act in spite of opposition.


MAIN IDEA: Truly courageous people have nothing to lose. They fear God and therefore they fear nothing else.

This week we studied the account of David and Goliath, and hopefully everyone gained new insight into this familiar story. When we draw from God's strength, we can act in spite of opposition.

Here are some general goals and thoughts for your time together this week:

:: Create a restlessness in the women, so that they don't settle for mediocre lives.

:: Our motive for action must be the glory of God; create a burden in your group members for the glory of God on this earth.

:: What does it look like to live with a single-minded desire to see God and please Him?

:: Courage is not the absence of fear; it is believing God despite fear.


MAIN GOAL: Push people to a view of a God so sovereign that they in turn trust Him even with the things they most fear losing.


Homework Discussion

Here are some suggested places to focus as you go over the homework together. Ask the group:

:: Discuss 1 Samuel 17. Describe the difference between the Israelite army and David.

:: What are everyday fears for you?

:: What was God speaking to you through Psalm 27?

:: Share your drawings from Project 3.

:: What else did you learn as you studied and interacted with the lesson and Scripture this week?


Video and/or Teaching

Watch video session: Courage


Ask Conversation Cards

If you are in a large group, break into small groups of 5 for discussion time using the Ask conversation cards. Distribute this week's Ask cards and guide the women to ask and answer the questions on the cards. Remember to begin with the Scripture card and end by stressing the scriptural truth group members can apply to their lives as a result of what they discussed in your group time. Close this discussion by praying for the things shared and praising God for His position in our lives and in eternity.

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? ... As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:31–32, 36–38

CHAPTER 3

obedience


The more we trust God, the more we obey Him.


MAIN IDEA: A trusting relationship with God will cause us to desire to obey.

This week we studied a potentially controversial subject: obedience. We asked God to reveal to us whether we are approaching obedience in the way He desires—out of a heart of love for Him rather than out of a desire to look good to other people.

Here are some general goals and thoughts for your time together this week:

:: Help women see that our view of God will determine our trust in Him and our trust in Him will determine our desire to obey Him.

:: If we know God and trust Him, we will obey no matter the cost, even if it feels foolish.

:: Scripture is the first place we understand God's desires for us, and recognizing God's voice through His Spirit's leading is the second.

:: Obedience is not motivated by fear or performance but by a loving and trusting relationship with God.


MAIN GOAL: Lead people to a right understanding of Christ's work on our behalf, the freedom His work brings, and the desire it brings to obey and trust God.


Homework Discussion

Here are some suggested places to focus as you go over the homework together. Ask the group:

:: What were the differences between Saul and David in the passages we studied (1 Samuel 15:1–31 and 1 Samuel 23:2–14)?

:: What did you feel as you read Psalm 63 this week?

:: Which project stood out to you most this week?

:: What else did you learn as you studied and interacted with the lesson and Scripture this week?


Video and/or Teaching

Watch video session: Obedience


Ask Conversation Cards

If you are in a large group, break into small groups of 5 for discussion time using the Ask conversation cards. Distribute this week's Ask cards and guide the women to ask and answer the questions on the cards. Remember to begin with the Scripture card and end by stressing the scriptural truth group members can apply to their lives as a result of what they discussed in your group time. Close this discussion by praying for the things shared and praising God for His position in our lives and in eternity.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

John 10:27

CHAPTER 4

belief


How we live every second of every day will flow out of what we believe about God.


MAIN IDEA: Faith is the basis of a relationship with God and it is the basis of our salvation, and most of us are afraid to ever express doubt. Yet all of us doubt at some point.

This week we were probably a little uncomfortable as we faced the reality of our doubts. We learned that doubts are likely inevitable, but that the reality of God far outweighs those doubts when we ask Him to help our unbelief.

Here are some general goals and thoughts for your time together this week:

:: Explain that the Davidic Covenant promised an eternal kingdom through David that would result in the ultimate King, Jesus Christ.

:: Do we really believe all that we say we believe? Because if we did, it would change our entire lives.

:: Our doubts are keeping us from God.

:: The result of believing all that God says about us will be gratitude and worship.

:: Nothing matters more than what we believe about God.

:: We can ask God for more faith. We can go to Him with our doubts.


MAIN GOAL: Lead people to admit their doubts, to wrestle through them, and to turn to God with their questions.


Homework Discussion

Here are some suggested places to focus as you go over the homework together. Ask the group:

:: Talk about the covenant God made with David in 2 Samuel 7, and discuss David's reaction to such a big, supernatural promise.

:: Discuss how that promise affects us today through Christ.

:: What are some of the doubts you expressed in Project 1?

:: What else did you learn as you studied and interacted with the lesson and Scripture this week?


Video and/or Teaching

Watch video session: Belief


Ask Conversation Cards

If you are in a large group, break into small groups of 5 for discussion time using the Ask conversation cards. Distribute this week's Ask cards and guide the women to ask and answer the questions on the cards. Remember to begin with the Scripture card and end by stressing the scriptural truth group members can apply to their lives as a result of what they discussed in your group time. Close this discussion by praying for the things shared and praising God for His position in our lives and in eternity.

Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

John 20:29

CHAPTER 5

repentance


It is God's mercy to show us our sin and lead us to repentance.


MAIN IDEA: Seeing our sin is the first thing we must do to see our need for God.

This week we studied the account of David and Bathsheba, and confronted our own responses to sin—do we hide from our sin in shame or do we deny our sin with pride? We learned that the only way to truly deal with sin is to take it to God with a heart of repentance. He will never run out of grace for the repentant heart.

Here are some general goals and thoughts for your time together this week:

:: We do not comprehend how much we have offended God, every one of us.

:: There will never be absence of sin, and all sin is the same to God, so we are all in need of repentance.

:: God draws near to the brokenhearted and near to the contrite heart.

:: Belief in the life and death of Christ is our hope. Jesus eliminates shame and pride.


MAIN GOAL: Lead people to confession and repentance and forgiveness. Push them to abandon pretending.


Homework Discussion

Here are some suggested places to focus as you go over the homework together. Ask the group:

:: What did you think of David's mistakes in 2 Samuel 11 and 12? What stood out about his repentance?

:: Read portions of Psalm 32 and contrast confessed sin with unconfessed sin.

:: Share your drawings from Project 3.

:: "Against you, you only, have I sinned" (Psalm 51:4). Do you find yourself in this prayer?

:: What else did you learn as you studied and interacted with the lesson and Scripture this week?


Video and/or Teaching

Watch video session: Repentance


Ask Conversation Cards

If you are in a large group, break into small groups of 5 for discussion time using the Ask conversation cards. Distribute this week's Ask cards and guide the women to ask and answer the questions on the cards. Remember to begin with the Scripture card and end by stressing the scriptural truth group members can apply to their lives as a result of what they discussed in your group time. Close this discussion by praying for the things shared and praising God for His position in our lives and in eternity.

Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.

Mark 2:17

CHAPTER 6

surrender


Surrender to God is not dictated by our circumstances.


MAIN IDEA: Receiving whatever God has for us is part of faith and trust in God. This includes receiving suffering, with an understanding that this life is not all there is.

This week drove home the fact that chasing after God with everything we have doesn't mean we won't suffer. We were faced with this hard truth and had to take a look at ourselves to examine whether we really trust God.

Here are some general goals and thoughts for your time together this week:

:: Help the women understand that we don't get to claim rights. "Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth (Psalm 135:6).

:: Our joy is found in our salvation, not in this life.

:: We surrender our lives to God and receive whatever He has for us because He is God.

:: We are afraid to suffer. Suffering is a part of this world and this life, and God wants to use suffering to make us more holy.


MAIN GOAL: Lead people to surrender their lives fully to God rather than fighting for control. Help them see their need to follow God's plans for them, whatever those plans are.


Homework Discussion

Here are some suggested places to focus as you go over the homework together. Ask the group:

:: David's suffering was extreme. How do you imagine his view of God grew in such a difficult season of his life?

:: Is God enough for you? If so, what are some ways you know this is true? If it isn't true for you right now, what did you learn this week that challenges you in this area?

:: What are some of the things you learn from David's faith through his suffering? Discuss Psalm 22.

:: Talk through some of the expectations you listed in Project 1.

:: What else did you learn as you studied and interacted with the lesson and Scripture this week?


Video and/or Teaching

Watch video session: Surrender


Ask Conversation Cards

If you are in a large group, break into small groups of 5 for discussion time using the Ask conversation cards. Distribute this week's Ask cards and guide the women to ask and answer the questions on the cards. Remember to begin with the Scripture card and end by stressing the scriptural truth group members can apply to their lives as a result of what they discussed in your group time. Close this discussion by praying for the things shared and praising God for His position in our lives and in eternity.

And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."

Mark 14:35–36

CHAPTER 7

chased down


God chased us down through Jesus.


MAIN IDEA: While we are running after God, in reality He is the One running after us. Knowing that an infinite God is running after us to save us changes and wrecks every other piece of our lives. What was so remarkable about David? He lived like God was chasing him.

This week as we concluded this study, we realized that all this time God has been chasing us—despite the cost—to make us a part of His family. We are challenged to live like David did and allow God to chase us down.

Here are some general goals and thoughts for your time together this week:

:: Explain that God is the One who made David great. He is the One who makes us great.

:: We don't have to strive to measure up. God loves us and wants us, not our performance.

:: God the Father chased us down through Christ.

:: Allow God to chase you. Feel His love for you.


MAIN GOAL: Lead people to a view of God so beautiful and moving that they would do anything for Him.


Homework Discussion

Here are some suggested places to focus as you go over the homework together. Ask the group:

:: Read Ephesians 1:3–14 together and then stop and pray, thanking God for all that He has done for us in this passage.

:: Do you feel unconditionally loved by God? Discuss.

:: Look through Project 1. Share how your perspective has shifted since the first week.

:: What else did you learn as you studied and interacted with the lesson and Scripture this week?


Video and/or Teaching

Watch video session: Chased Down


Ask Conversation Cards

If you are in a large group, break into small groups of 5 for discussion time using the Ask conversation cards. Distribute this week's Ask cards and guide the women to ask and answer the questions on the cards. Remember to begin with the Scripture card and end by stressing the scriptural truth group members can apply to their lives as a result of what they discussed in your group time. Close this discussion by praying for the things shared and praising God for His position in our lives and in eternity.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

Ephesians 2:4–5 NIV


(Continues...)

Excerpted from chase lead. by JENNIE ALLEN. Copyright © 2012 Jennie Allen. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Contents

introduction,
what's in the box,
the vision,
preparing yourself to lead a group,
the study: session tools and format,
leading your group: tips and things to watch out for,
types of learners,
getting started :: chase,
lesson one :: identity,
lesson two :: courage,
lesson three :: obedience,
lesson four :: belief,
lesson five :: repentance,
lesson six :: surrender,
lesson seven :: chased down,
about the author,
the compel project,

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