The God Who Blesses Us - July 22

 
 

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The God Who Blesses Us Discussion Guide

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OPEN

In this sermon Dan said, “If you are a Christian, the most important thing about you is that you are loved by God.” Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?


REFLECT

How did this sermon expand your view of God? How does this sermon challenge how you view yourself?

Imagine God thinking about you. What do you assume God feels when you come to mind?

Read Romans 5:5. How do you experience God’s love tangibly? Would you say that the love of God is at the core of who you are as a person?

How is God’s love different than the love of humans? 

Read Ephesians 3:17b-19. How does Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in this passage expand your view of God’s love? How does the Holy Spirit play a part in helping you experience God’s love?

How do most people talk about or define “hope” today? How does that compare to biblical hope? Why is important to have an accurate view of hope?

What is the hope we have because of Jesus?

Read Romans 13:11-14. What does Paul say in this passage about hope? What metaphor does he compare it to? 

How can remembering who God is and his faithfulness in the past be a foundation for this hope?


APPLY

What would it look like for you to live in the fullness of God’s love in the everyday stuff of life? Where do you not experience this? Why not? What tangible steps can you take to experience God’s love?

In what ways do you live counter to the hope you have in Jesus? In what ways do you live in the hope you have with Jesus? What are steps you can take to live more fully in this hope?


PRAY

This week, continue to pray as a group for an ever-increasing awareness of the Holy Spirit’s presence in and among you.


NEXT STEPS
To say the Holy Spirit is mysterious might be an understatement. We hear about the power and the work of the Holy Spirit and sometimes it can leave us scratching our heads. But it doesn’t have to be that way. To go deeper in your relationship with God and others, here are some next steps for you:


1.    Attend Welcome to the Creek. This is a place where you can find out more information about who we are as a church. For Franklin Road, this occurs the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month in South Room 2 during the 11:00 service. If you attend Shelby Street, you can make an appointment for a Welcome To The Creek session.

2.    You can find more resources and information regarding the topics we will be covering at thecreek.org/godwho.