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Proactive vs Reactive (Cornerstone)

Nov 5, 2017 - Rev Paul Rasmussen

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Discussion Questions

  1. Do you tend toward reactive living or proactive living? Consider each area of your life: physically, professionally, relationally, spiritually.
  2. Are you proactive in one area of your life and not in others? Why is it easier to be proactive in that area?
  3. What would it look like for you to pursue your relationship with God in a proactive way? What keeps you from doing this? How might your life be different if you traded up?

Imagine 7th grade. Lunchtime. Cafeteria. 

Hear the sound of swapping?

“I’ll trade you my sandwich for your cookie.”

“No way. I’ll trade my cookie for your sandwich and your chips.”

This week in Cornerstone, we kicked off a brand new series called, “Trading Up.” 

Life is like the lunchroom: each of us makes thousands of decisions every day. What would it be like if we could trade up our choices to make life better one decision at a time?

In Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, he writes to them:

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.

You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

-Ephesians 4:17-24

Did you catch that? 

Trade up: Old self for New self.

This week, we focused on trading reactive living for the proactive living.

Reactive decisions are made on an emotional response to circumstances. They’re outside in decisions, usually made backward. 

Proactive decisions are made on values and convictions. They are choices you’ve made up front about how to live; inside out decisions. 

Listen to the full message to figure out what kind of decisions you make most – and to learn how to trade up!

Dig Deeper

During your First 15, make space to reflect on Ephesians 2:1-10. Read over this passage several times, leaving space in between readings to think about what stands out to you.

With this in mind, ask yourself:

  • How do I receive the power to “trade up” the old self for the new?
  • What might God be asking me to “trade up” in my life?

Sermons in this Series

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Bitterness For Forgiveness

2017 / Rev. Stephen Lohoefer


Popularity vs Purpose (Sanctuary)

2017 / Rev Paul Rasmussen


Trading Up (Cornerstone)

2017 / Rev Matt Tuggle