Teleos LG Study #1 – Just Follow Your Nose

Matt Destry – Communications Pastor

Have you ever asked for directions and been told, “just follow your nose”?

What that phrase means is that the thing you’re looking for is so obvious, so unmissable, that if you keep heading in the same direction you are going, you’ll certainly find the thing you were going after.

Living a life of following Jesus is not always so simple. To simply ‘follow your nose’ would lead you into a host of different experiences, and not all of them helpful in your quest to find God and His Kingdom.

This is where the Teleos experience we’ll be having at Discovery Church for the next 2 months is so important. Ps. Rohan said on Sunday that “the Teleos journey is the process of living out a faith-focused and fruitful orientated response to God in all circumstances of life”. The thing about this is that ‘following our nose’ or heading in whatever direction we currently find ourselves going is not always a ‘faith-filled and fruitful orientated response’.

It’s going to take some intentionality, some passion, some desire, and some evaluation about our current course and whether we need to change our bearings.

CS Lewis famously stated:

“We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”

And the Apostle Paul, writing to the Church in Philippi has it this way:

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

As we begin this new series together, let’s consider the direction of our lives, and make the changes we need to in order to be moving towards the great goal of maturity and Christlikeness that Jesus came to give, and that brings glory to our Heavenly Father.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Where am I headed in relation to my walk with Jesus? What do I need to change?
  2. Has there been any crisis of faith in my life that has changed my focus or view of God?
  3. How am I dealing with my own negative ‘religious history’, and allowing forgiveness and grace to reign in my heart?
  4. What is the fruit of spiritual maturity that I want to see in my own life in 10 years time?