Sermon-Based Group Study
For the message on November 20, 2022
Passage: Acts 28:28-31
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 7 of our How to Get Through What You’re Going Through series, Mike showed us how gratitude helps us thrive after the storms of life have passed.
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. After some major life storms had battered Paul, he could still be thankful. Instead of grumbling and complaining, he continued in boldly telling others about Jesus even though he was chained to a guard and awaiting trial before Caesar. In the message, Mike shared the following passage in the Amplified Version. Re-read the passage below. Do you find Paul’s commands in this passage difficult? If so, why or why not?
1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (AMP)
16 Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always); 17 Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]; 18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus.
2. In the message, Mike said that Paul could be thankful for God’s grace, provision, and purpose for his life. Even when we encounter adversity, there is always a reason to express gratitude to the Lord. Read Psalm 111 and make a list of the things the Israelites were thankful for.
Psalm 111:1-10 (NLT2)
1 Praise the LORD! I will thank the LORD with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. 2 How amazing are the deeds of the LORD! All who delight in him should ponder them. 3 Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails. 4 He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our LORD! 5 He gives food to those who fear him; he always remembers his covenant. 6 He has shown his great power to his people by giving them the lands of other nations. 7 All he does is just and good, and all his commandments are trustworthy. 8 They are forever true, to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity. 9 He has paid a full ransom for his people. He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever. What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has! 10 Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!
What happens to us when we stop expressing our gratitude to the Lord for His blessings? Conversely, what happens to us when we continually thank the Lord for how He has blessed us?
3. In Jesus’ ministry, He encountered an amazing display of ingratitude. Read the account in the passage below and answer the questions below.
Luke 17:11-19 (NLT2)
11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. 15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
Why was Jesus surprised at the response to His healing?
How do we rob God of the glory He deserves when we fail to give Him thanks?
Is gratitude defined by what we think or what we do?
4. Set a five-minute timer and make a list of what you are thankful for. Keep writing until the timer goes off. What did this exercise reveal to 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?