Welcome to week eight of “Pursue the Intentional Life”
This week you will need to read:
Chapters 29-31 (p. 177-194)
If you’ve fallen behind, that’s okay! Don’t worry about trying to catch up. Instead, just jump in and start again with these chapters!
The key verse(s) for you to memorize and/or meditate on this week are:
2 Timothy 4:6-8
In the video, I mention an obituary. If you’re interested, you can read it here:
Discussion questions for this week will include:
Chapter 29 invites those of us who are married to consider how we will respond if/when we become widows. Think of other widows you have known. What have you learned from watching them navigate this challenging season? What is one thing from their example, or from this chapter, that you hope to remember and implement if/when you find yourself a widow?
At the beginning of chapter 30, she says, “…no matter my current age, now is the time to be earnest” and the rest of the chapter is an encouragement to “earnest living”. What does she mean by this? And what encouragement from this chapter resonated with you most?
On p. 187 she points out that the Bible says that believers in Christ will not face judgment for sin, but that our actions will still be judged. And that just as we are saved through grace by faith, we are called to co-labor with Jesus by grace through faith, and that our labors will be judged. Have you thought much about this idea before? What Scriptures can you think of that speak to this? (Be sure to read the ones she references from 1& 2 Corinthians!) How might this reality impact the way you live out the rest of Phase 1?
Chapter 31 speaks of preparing for death. On p. 190, she writes, “How we live affects how we die. All of life is a preparation for death. Giving thought to what kind of person I want to become and how I want to face death will shape my life, enriching and enabling me to live more wisely and fully.” The rest of the chapter offers thoughts and insights on what she finds most valuable as she contemplates this idea of preparing spiritually for death. What stood out to you most from her thoughts on this?
Read 2 Timothy 4: 6-8. These are words that Paul shared as he found himself approaching death. What do you notice from these verses? How do they convict and/or inspire you? How do Fleming’s thoughts and ideas from this book reflect the themes of these verses?
More than one person has expressed that although they have often found it difficult to find an overarching point in Fleming’s writing (or a main idea running through the whole of a chapter), they have discovered countless nuggets of precious wisdom and insight scattered throughout the book. What “nuggets” have connected with you most?
If you were to push back against the idea that the book has no “main ideas/themes,” what would you say is the overarching big idea or theme from the book as a whole that you noticed? How do you want that to impact you as you live out Phase 1?
How do you hope to think, feel, or live differently as a result of this study?
Before you get started, please watch this video: