May 31, 2020
Let’s spend some time thinking together with God about this week’s message. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can watch it online here. Throughout this exercise, be aware of what God might be saying to you and what you are going to do about it.
The themes of surrender and trust permeated the testimonies from our high school graduates. As they enter a new phase of life, they have the opportunity to surrender their plans, trust in the Lord, and “lean not on their own understanding” as Proverbs says. Discuss this phrase for a bit. Why do you think the author of this proverb is suggesting to not lean on your own understanding? What’s so bad about that? Don’t I have to use my understanding every day to navigate life?
One graduate shared in her testimony that she knew a lot about the Bible and God, but did not know God intimately as Father or Savior. Have you ever felt that way? And further, have you ever felt that way even after deciding to be a Jesus follower?
Our graduates were encouraging their younger student counterparts to persevere, finish strong, and plan for the future. In light of this advice, would you say that you are near the beginning, middle, or end of your particular phase of life? What is the texture of this phase – is it more or less difficult than previous ones and why? Share with your Group some ways you want to trust God and persevere through this season.
One of our graduates mentioned that at a pivotal moment, God “met him where he was at.” Think back on your previous week – where did God meet you? How did God make known his love for you and his acceptance of you just as you are? Think of one way you will be more vigilant this week to watch for God’s activity in your life.
Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture and hearing from others in your Group.
FOR individual Study
1 Peter 5:6-7 uses the language of “under God’s mighty hand.” Should this be read figuratively or literally? If figuratively, how would you interpret the imagery of this passage? What is the author trying to say?
Verse 7 reads, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” It is likely that the author is thinking of the ideas in Psalm 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” The same Greek word used in both for “cast” has the connotation of throwing or placing and then leaving it there, not casting like a fishing rod where the expectation is to retrieve it. Yet, so often we do sometimes reel our cares and anxieties back in. What would it look like in your life to cast and not retrieve your anxieties back? What are ways that you sometimes pick them back up instead of casting them on God and leaving them there?
Proverbs 3:3-4 has a curious idea. It lays out a conditional (if-then statement) which says that if you “let love and faithfulness never leave you” “then you will win favor with God and man.” What do you think of this piece of wisdom? Do some people have more favor with God than others, and if so, what does that look like? Is that expressed materially or in another way?
Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture.
Use what you learned to spark conversation with someone. Ask what they think about some of these topics.
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