Welcome to the Start Page for Asbury Retirement, a pursueGOD network ministry in Aurora, IL. This page will introduce you to our site and recommend topics and series just for you. Watch the video below to learn how it works and scroll down to get started. Click here to request a mentor.
The goal of the pursueGOD resources is to make discipleship accessible for the average Christian, whether in a group setting, one-on-one, or with your family. It takes 3 steps: (1) find a topic from our site (which includes a short video and text summary), (2) share the link so everyone can learn about it, and (3) get together to talk about it (using the discussion questions as needed). The key to this simple discipleship method is picking the right topic, and that’s what this start page is for. Scroll down to browse topics.
Where should I start?
Feel free to start with any topic at all – everything on our site has been carefully chosen with biblical values in mind. But to get the most out of our resources – and to go “full circle” in your faith – we recommend completing our PG Pathway with a group or mentor (see below). Click here to request a mentor.
What do we offer for the family?
What’s the story of PursueGOD.org?
PursueGOD was created after a group of pastors realized their church was broken. Though the church was large and growing, they were creating consumer Christians instead of disciple-makers. It wasn’t the people’s fault; the pastors had unwittingly created the problem. So they started re-defining “the win”. Instead of counting attenders, they began counting disciple-makers. That’s why pursueGOD.org was born – to give everyday Christians the tools to make disciples, one topic at a time. Learn more about PG.
What is FLEXTALK.org?
Some people won’t be interested in using the Bible-based resources of pursueGOD.org. That’s why we created FLEXTALK.org, a conversation library based on common sense values… instead of explicit biblical teaching. The method is the same, empowering conversations one topic at a time. Use FLEXTALK at work, at school, or in your community. Click here to visit FLEXTALK.org.
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TOPICS FOR YOU
We’ve pulled together some of our most relevant topics and series for you. Click on a link below to expand.
Want even more topics? Browse our full index.
THE PG PATHWAY
The PG Pathway is a series of steps that will help you go “full circle” in your pursuit of God over the next 3 to 6 months. Complete the steps below with a group or mentor. (Need help with these 10 steps? Click here to request a mentor.)
- Warm up with a few topics on investigating faith or something else of interest. The first few topics you cover with your mentor are important and can lay the groundwork for a meaningful pursuit of God.
- Get started on our “Chapter a Day” Bible reading plan on the New Testament. This will help you develop the important habit of reading the Bible for yourself, and our short daily videos will give you the guidance you need.
- Talk about Foundations Truth #1 to learn how to start a relationship with God. It’s easier than you think, because Jesus did everything needed to make it possible.
- Talk about getting to your faith moment and becoming a Christ-follower. This is where you’ll have the opportunity to make a personal response of faith if haven’t already.
- Cover one or more topics on Christian baptism – and get baptized if you haven’t already. This step doesn’t save you, but it’s an important act of obedience to Jesus.
- Talk about Foundations Truth #2 to learn about how to live as a Christian. It’s all about honoring God and going his direction instead of doing your own thing.
- Complete the Christian Basics series or choose another series of interest. You’ll be able to cover more topics and series later, but this is a good time to study something that will strengthen your foundation.
- Talk about Foundations Truth #3 to learn about making disciples. This is the important final step in “full circle” Christianity, and our resources will equip you to do it.
- Get trained on pursueGOD mentoring using the “Get Trained” tab below. That’s where you’ll find our Mentor Training series along with additional topics to help you become a disciple-maker.
- Start helping someone pursue God, and click here to register as a mentor. Registering makes sure your pastors and leaders know you’re ready to help others who want to pursue God at your church.
And that’s it! Go through the pathway and then continue to pursue God with additional topics and series… and help others do the same.
Below we’ve pulled together everything you need to get trained and start mentoring using the tools at pursueGOD.org. Watch the video to learn how it works and scroll down to start working the 4 steps.
Done training? Click here to register as a mentor.
Try a recommended series or scroll down for our newest topics.
What does it really mean to love someone? Ancient Greek gives us some insight.
God presents us with the opportunity of a lifetime. Will we take him up on it?
When you understand the difference between the old and new covenants, you’ll clear up this apparent inconsistency.
The apostle Paul lists four practical habits to foster the peace from God that passes all understanding.
What does it mean when people say they are giving something up for Lent? Are Christians required to observe Lent?
It’s easy to become resentful toward God when your relationship with him is defined by your unfulfilled expectations.
Is baptism necessary for someone to be saved from their sins? It’s a hot question, especially for new Christians.
Some of us are good at playing church but are bad at giving. Find out why that’s inconsistent.
“Fasting” is a forgotten spiritual discipline that Christians have practiced for centuries.
The parable of the shrewd manager (Luke 16:1-13) is one of the most difficult lessons of Jesus to unpack. It seems like he wants us to root for the dishonest guy in the story, but if we dig a little deeper, we see that there are some important lessons to learn.
“The Antichrist” can be a divisive topic amongst Christians. Who is this mysterious man who will usher in the end?
So you’re reading the Bible. But what if someone disagrees with your interpretation?
One of the most common themes in the Bible is “struggle.” For Christian athletes, that means you’ll need grit.
How would you rate your use of social media as a Christian? Allen Parr points out some of the traps Christians fall into while using social media.
The Bible shows us people who turn from their old lives and embrace new lives in Christ. But what if you can’t identify this moment in your own life?
You can have confidence in the growth and progress of God’s work (in you and others), even if it seems insignificant at the time.
Should Christians cast out demons today? 2 Timothy 2:24-26 is a helpful passage for answering this question.
Is it normal for Christians to have doubt?
If you want to succeed with money, then you need to understand the power of money in your life.
You may have been born and raised on the gospel and biblical teaching, but do you really have a personal relationship with God?
The power and wisdom of the Bible take shape in our lives when we make the effort to learn it and live it.
Find out some ways to better understand God’s word.
Christian athletes, regardless of their skills on the court or the field, are called to humility.
We have a good and generous God. We are created in his image and he wants us to be generous, too. Yet we are often not generous.