Sermon-Based Group Study
For the message on October 23, 2022
Passage: Acts 27:20-27
Looking back at your notes from this Sunday’s message, what part of the message spoke to you the most? What encouraged you the most? What challenged you the most?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
In part 3 of our How to Get Through What You’re Going Through series, Mike gave us three keys to help us keep hope afloat in the storms of life. Can you think of a time when you had lost almost all hope? How did you keep going in your faith?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. This Sunday we were reminded that material things lose their importance compared to the bigger things in life. The key that Mike talked about was perspective. Paul told the crew that they should be encouraged because they would survive even though they would lose everything else with the ship going down. How do the following verses give us the proper perspective on what is truly important in life, especially as we navigate the difficult storms of life?
Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT)
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT2)
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Psalm 73:26 (NLT2)
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
Why do storms cause us to lose a proper perspective on what is truly important in life?
Is being overly optimistic the same thing as having a Godly perspective? What’s different?
2. When Paul addressed the ship’s crew, he made sure to include the fact God’s angel had stood beside him in a dream. Paul wanted them to know that God’s presence was with them. As followers of Jesus, we know that the Holy Spirit is present with each of us and living in us. What do the following verses teach us about our the indwelling Spirit?
Ephesians 1:13-14 (NLT2)
13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
Romans 8:26-27 (NLT2)
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT2)
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
How has the presence of the Spirit helped you navigate through one of life’s storms recently?
A cynic might say, “If God’s presence doesn’t keep you from experiencing storms, then what good is His presence?” How would you respond?
3. One final source of hope given to the crew by Paul was that God had a bigger and better plan that would work out in the end. God had plans for Paul to reach Rome and experience a trial before Caesar. God’s plan also included safety for the crew. While Paul was clear on God’s plan, that is not always the case for us. In fact, sometimes we can’t see God’s plan at all in the storms we face. Most of the time, why do you think God doesn’t show us His plan at the beginning of the storm?
When has God allowed you to experience a storm that got you into a better place? What does this tell you about God’s sovereignty?
4. In the message, Mike gave us the Amplified version of Romans 8:28. What encouragement and hope does this verse give you for navigating the storms of life?
Romans 8:28 (AMP)
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?