Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on June 21, 2020
Passage: Galatians 5:22-23; various
This Sunday, Daniel continued our summer series on the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT by looking at the patience we need, especially as it pertains to parenting.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
We all lose our patience from time to time. What are some situations in which you get frustrated and lose your patience? (Stuck in traffic, baby screaming, part doesn’t fit, correcting someone over and over, computer won’t do what you want, etc.) Do these situations more often involve things or people?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Patience means that we keep our cool and are able to maintain control of our emotions when things, situations, or relationships don’t work out as we would like for them to. According to the following verses, what situations will benefit from your patience?
James 1:2-4 (ESV)
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
1 Peter 2:20 (ESV)
20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.
Romans 5:3-4 (ESV)
3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope
Romans 12:12 (ESV)
12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
In what situation or area of your life right now do you need more patience?
2. The Bible also frequently mentions a promise along with patience and perseverance. Demonstrating patience is more about “how” we wait or respond during the delay or frustration. What should believers be actively doing while waiting on God to fulfill His promises according to the following verses?
Psalm 37:7-9 (ESV)
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! 8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. 9 For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
Psalm 40:1-3 (ESV)
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
Galatians 6:9 (ESV)
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)
36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
James 5:7-8 (ESV)
7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
During times of waiting and disappointment in your relationships, what are some specific ways you can respond in a healthy and constructive manner?
3. Christian author and family expert James Dobson said, “Successful marriages are not those marriages where anger or conflict does not exist. But rather it is where they have learned to manage it! When anger is managed it produces great marriages.” The fruit of patience also produces great friendships, great families, great businesses, great teams, and great leaders. Can you attest to the truth of any of the following Proverbs?
Proverbs 15:18 (NLT)
A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them.
Proverbs 11:29 (NLT)
Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind. The fool will be a servant to the wise.
Proverbs 29:11 (NLT)
Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.
Which one of your relationships needs your patience the most right now? How can you actively show patience this week?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?