DCL 4.2 Instruction | Biblical Case Studies | Paul and King Solomon

Video Presentation: John Hull, President / CEO, EQUIP

Biblical Case Study: Paul (Philippians 3: 5-14)

Paul’s absolute focus gave him a willingness to let go of the accomplishments and honors of the past. Paul so narrowed his focus that he discarded not only the things he once counted as gain, but he counted everything as garbage for the sake of intimacy with Christ. His focus was on the essentials. What was his secret?

1.  He let go of those things that hindered him.

2.  His eyes were on the ultimate prize.

3.  He pressed forward with single-minded passion.

 

Biblical Case Study: King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11)

Unlike Paul who had a “this one thing I do” approach to life and ministry, Solomon desperately pursued several unrelated goals in a vain attempt to satisfy himself. By the time Solomon wrote the words of Eccle­siastes 2, he had reached a high level of success – but still felt empty. Because he lacked focus, he experi­mented with many goals. The old axiom remains true: If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. So what can we learn from Solomon about lack of focus?

1.  He pursued too many goals in too short of a time frame.

2.  He pursued the wrong goals to reach his desired results.

3.  His goals were self-serving.

4.  The result was disappointment.

 

DISCUSSION

  • How well do you focus your thinking?
  • Write down your current goals.
  • Block off specific times in your calendar to focus on ideas and plans for achieving those goals.

 

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