Sunday 9/10 - Saturday 9/16
"Where is God When: The Reversal of Suffering"
by Elder Rick Keagy
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.
True and Righteous God,
Forgive us in out times of suffering when we do not understand
Your Righteousness and speak wrongly of You.
Give us hearts that want to serve You in times of troubles
as well as when things are good.
Make us to desore to love and worship You in all times,
not for what we can gain from You but for who You are
and what You have already done for us.
In Jesus Name! Amen
Warm-Ups (15 min)
- Share your high moment and low moment of the week.
- What is the most memorable book you read in high school; or, alternately. share about a recent book or periodical article you read?
- Have you recently learned something new about sombody you've know for a long time?
- Do you have any God moments to share from this past week?
Getting Started (20 min)
- Review the OT passage in Job 42:7-16. God instructs the three friends to offer a sacrifice and ask Job to intercede for them, which Job does, after which he is “restored”.
- Do you think that Job knew he would be “restored” after praying for his friends? In other words, do you think he prayed for his friends expecting anything in return from God? (Answers will vary - my guess, probably not.)
- If not, what do you think was Job’s motivation for praying for his “friends”? They certainly hadn’t been very kind to him, had they? What does this say about the attitude of Job’s heart? (Job had a forgiving spirit though a right relationship with God and understanding of his love and forgiveness.)
- Read Colossians 1:9-10 and 4:12. In these verses, Paul describes how he and his colleague, Epaphras, pray for their “friends” in the church at Colossae.
- What are some of the things that they pray for them? (Wisdom, understanding, to bear fruit, grow in knowledge, mature, be assured, etc.)
- Write down the name of a friend, and commit to pray these things for that person.
Going Further (40 min)
- A common question when reading the account of Satan’s attempts to discourage Job’s faith in the first two chapters of the book of Job is: why was Job’s wife spared, when everything else was taken from Job? A cynical answer is that she was in a way Satan’s “ally” when she encourages Job to “curse God and die” in 2:9, but that’s not fair – keep in mind, she has lost her children, too – her anger in this situation is valid.
So what then?
- What are the restrictions that God gives Satan in vv 1:12 and 2:6? (do not extend your hand against the man himself, preserve his life)
- On the surface, does it appear that there are any restrictions placed on Job’s wife? (no, only Job, directly)
- Read Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:8, 1 Corinthians 6:16 and Ephesians 5:31. What do these verses say about the marriage union? (the two become one flesh)
- Based on the passages above, would it be safe to assume that the restrictions placed on physically harming Job would apply to his wife, and that Satan understood this implicitly? (I think so)
- How does this deepen your understanding of the concept of “the two become one”?
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 here for 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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