Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on May 19, 2019
Passage: Philippians 3:13-14
This Sunday, Mike explained four options available to us during times of transition in our lives: We can choose to doubt, complain, coast, or do.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What were the best and worst transition periods in your life – when you left go something to take hold of something new?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. A father comes to Jesus because his child is about to die. This health crisis was a major point of transition in this family’s life. This dad battled doubt but asked Jesus to help him overcome his doubts and trust in Jesus’ power to heal. What insight do the following passage give us about facing the doubts in our lives?
1 John 5:13 (ESV)
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.
James 1:5-8 (ESV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Acts 1:3-4 (ESV)
3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me;
- What is the biggest doubt you are dealing with right now in your life?
- How can this group pray for you concerning this doubt?
2. One of the major temptations during times of transition is that we complain and grumble. This was a major sin in the nation of Israel during its time of testing in the desert after leaving Egyptian slavery.
James 5:9 (ESV)
9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)
29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
- What are 5 things you are thankful for?
- How does gratitude strengthen your faith and how does complaining weaken your faith?
3. During times of transition, we will often be tempted to just coast and take it easy. What are some of the dangers of taking our foot off the gas in our pursuit of God? How do the following passages speak to this temptation?
Hebrews 2:1 (ESV)
1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
1 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)
Train yourself for godliness…
- Why is coasting and taking it easy in our spiritual lives so dangerous?
- What steps are you taking to make sure you keep active in your faith?
4. In the sermon, Mike said that if we don’t do our faith, we will lose our faith. What does James say in the following passage about the importance of practicing our faith?
James 2:14-26 (ESV)
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?