Sermon-Based Study Guide
For the message on October 9, 2022
Passage: Acts 23:12-26:32
In Part 1 of our How to Get Through What You’re Going Through series, Mike highlighted some valuable lessons for how we get through extended times of waiting.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
In the message, Mike talked about the two years that Paul spent in Caesarea waiting on God’s timing before traveling to Rome. Through it all, Paul didn’t appear to lose his patience with the Lord. What are some things that try your patience the most?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. One of the principles Mike gave us is that we shouldn’t waste our waiting. Waiting can be a breeding ground for worry. But as followers of Jesus, we can use times of waiting to strengthen our faith in the Lord. In the following passage, what instruction does Paul give followers of Jesus what to do while awaiting the coming of Christ?
Titus 2:11-14 (NLT2)
11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, 13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. 14 He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
How does waiting verify the genuineness of our faith?
How might extended periods of waiting drive you closer to the Lord?
Can you think of a time when you waited on God’s timing rather than rushing ahead and doing it your way? What was the result? How did waiting and trusting in God’s timing pay off?
2. Mike said that we should never do the wrong thing to speed up the right thing. What do you think he meant? Can you think of some examples in our culture today where Christians tend to rush ahead of God’s timing?
3. There are some situations that we will never get what we are longing for because God has a better plan. Mike told us in the message that we should be prepared for detours in our plans and be ok with that! How do the following passages give you comfort and reassurance that God knows best and will give you what you need?
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT2)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Luke 12:22-31 (NLT2)
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? 27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
When has God put an unexpected detour in your path and directed you down a better road and destination? How has that strengthened your faith?
4. Are you currently in a season of waiting? If so, how can this group pray for you?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?