by Pastor Michael Eckelkamp
If your group has more than 7 people, you're encouraged to split into men's and women's groups for "Warm Ups" and "Getting Started." If your group is really large, try same gender groups of 3 or 4.
There are times when I am suffering and ask where are You, there are times when I am confused and can not feel you. Please, Lord, make me to know that You are always right here with me. In Jesus' Name, Amem
Warm-Ups (15 min)
- Share your high moment and low moment of the week.
- Share something that you are looking forward to.
- What is one of your favoriate childhood memories?
- Do you have any God moments to share from this past week?
Getting Started (20 min)
- Usually it's easy to pick a "high" and a "low" from the past week, but sometimes in life it seems we're going through a bigger valley-- a strugge that last more than a day or two. What is a valley you've passed through in reent memory (or are still navigating)?
- In what ways have calamities or struggles in your life impacted your faith journey? Have you ever doubted God's goodness in the midst of struggle?
Going Further (40 min)
- Read Psalm 107
- Sometimes calamities or struggles in our lives are from outside sources and sometimes they are self-inflicted. Does the “source” of the struggle impact whether you trust God to help you through that particular struggle? (keeping in mind our perception of the cause of the problem or struggle is not always accurate)
- What central truths about God’s goodness can we garner from Psalm 107?
- How does adversity in our lives teach us to trust God and worship him even when we’re in the midst of the struggle?
- Read Psalm 121
- While our ability to confront a challenge is limited, God’s power is limitless. How does God’s sovereign power and goodness affect the way we perceive the struggles in our lives?
- How does God’s sovereign power and goodness affect the way we handle or confront the challenges in our lives?
- It has sometimes been said, “We need to stop telling God how big our problems are and start telling our problems how big our God is.” As Pastor Michael mentioned in his sermon, faith freely expresses anger and even disbelief when calamity comes (it’s okay to tell God how big our problems are and let tears flow freely). Keeping in mind God wants us to be fully authentic and the grieving process is important, it’s helpful to shift our focus away from the problem and towards our almighty God. What is one way you can start telling your problems how big your God is?
Prayers (15 min)
- In your prayers this week thank God for the unconditional and conditional promises he has made to you. Also, ask God to forgive any broken promises you have made, and forgive those who have broken promises made to you.
- Give everyone a chance to pray. Click herefor creative ideas on how to pray as a group.
Optional Worship Song (5 min)
- If you'd like, you can sing a worship song as a group. Don't have a musician? Sing along to a lyric video: SJDenver.org/Songs
- Advent/Christmas songs can be found at SJDenver.org/ChristmasSongs
Serve Our City
- Has your group planned an opportunity to serve our city for this semester? Click Here for a list of Service Ideas!
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