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.
We are all thirsty for something or someone, so we try to quench our thirst by ourselves, but the only way we’ll ever be satisfied is by accepting help from the outside.
The Gospel of Luke begins in chapters 1-2 by telling readers about the births of John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth. The book then leaps forward in time.
It is possible to be generous even when you’re faced with tough times. It starts with having the right perspective.
The Bible contains different genres of literature that should inform how we read it at points. In this topic, learn how to read biblical narratives.
Jesus was born because broken people need a Savior.
When we understand God’s generosity it inspires us to be generous to others.
Jesus came to turn our world order, our expectations of greatness, upside-down.
The problem isn’t that we don’t have enough time for Jesus. The problem is that we don’t make time for Jesus.
Dig into the origin of our Santa legends to discover that Santa Claus has a strong connection to Jesus.
Learn why one of the most controversial teachings in the Bible is also one of the most important.
Ever wonder how the story of Santa Claus came to be? We put it to music! This is the evolution of Santa.
Perspective makes all the difference in how we view Christmas. For Herod “the Great,” king of Israel, the first Christmas was anything but a celebration.
Six do’s and don’ts to help you experience a wonderful time with your family and friends during the holidays.
Do you feel like an outsider in your church community? God has a message for you.
Excerpt: When you lose someone, it’s important to honor their memory by doing things that remind you of their importance in your life.
The Bible is a collection of books written over a long period of time that tells one unified story. Learn that story here.
When you understand the great love and care that God demonstrated to the lonely and looked down upon shepherds. It will move you, as it did them, to run to Jesus and tell everyone about him.
Grief is an ongoing experience, though its effects change as time goes on. Joanne shares some of the things she does to remember her loved ones through the grieving process.
In this series, learn about the basic Christian practices all followers of Jesus should be doing.
In response to Jesus, the Wise Men gave him generous gifts while holding nothing back.
The Bible, as God’s Word is our final authority for what we believe and how we live.
Do you want to live a pointless, isolated existence? If so, you must become dissatisfied with everything.
“When it comes to social issues, just stick to the gospel.” But are there problems with this mindset?
To love God with all of our nefesh (“soul”) in the shema is to love God with all of our physical being.