FOR FUTHER STUDY
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
1. This weekend we explored many areas that can cause disappointment for us. Is there one of these you’ve had to deal with more than the others? If so, explain.
2. Mike mentioned ways for us to get out of a slump. Which one or two of those have you found to be most helpful?
1. In this past weekend’s sermon, we heard that venting our frustrations to God during the dark times is not only acceptable but can actually be healthy for us and our relationship with God. What’s your response to Jeremiah’s venting of his frustration found in Jeremiah 20:7-10, 14-18?
Jeremiah 20:14-18 (NIV)
Can you think of any indicators that a person’s “venting to God” is over the top and no longer helpful to them, others or God?
2. Keeping God’s power in mind is one of the keys to dealing with the “letdown.” What encouragement do you find in Psalm 46 for remembering God’s power and control over not only our lives but the whole world?
How do you relate to how Jeremiah keeps God’s power in mind in the midst of high frustration in Jeremiah 20:11-13(NIV)
Can you think of any verses, attributes or characteristics of God that have helped you through difficult times?
3. As we heard this weekend, God recognizes there will be times we need to recoup and refresh. For Elijah this refreshment started with sleeping and eating. What do you learn from the passages below about the kind of rest and refreshment God wants to provide us?
Can you think of a change you need to make in order to experience more rest and refreshment in your life?