For Further Study:
Community Group Homework
For the week of September 25, 2016
Looking back at your notes from this weekend’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
1. Have you ever encountered a difficult situation where you thought it was impossible for any good to come out of it, only to realize later that it was an important part of your personal growth? If so, explain.
2. Do you think there is much difference in “considering it pure joy” as seen in James 1:2 and having a “positive attitude”?
1. Choosing to not “squirm out” and short circuit the growth process can be no small challenge, especially when it seems like God is waiting at the other end, but not doing anything now to help the situation. How can the following verses help you stick with it and affirm God is more involved than you realize?
2. When we stick it out and make it through one of life’s challenges, we still might not have any idea how God worked and may even wonder if it was worth things doing God’s way. How does Hebrews 6:10-12 help you avoid falling into this kind of thinking?
3. Asking God for wisdom and applying it is foundational to God growing us. It also allows us to be authentic as to what’s going on while still navigating through the situation in the way God has called us to.
As you read the following verses what do you learn about how to gain wisdom, along with its benefits?
Which of these Proverbs about wisdom would be the best one for you to read every day for the next week?
TAKING IT HOME
1. We saw in this weekend’s sermon that it is important we not just ask for deliverance from hardships, but also ask for insight into how to stay the course and allow God to grow us. Is there any situation in your life right now that you need to start praying more for God’s wisdom rather than just deliverance?
2. One way to help you see the good of God’s work and “count it pure joy” when life is tough is to be aware of his goodness before you’re in the heat of the hardship. Make a list of 5-10 things that you are thankful God has done for you (try to focus more on the non-material). After making the list, circle your top two.