Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on November 22, 2020
Passage: 2 Corinthians 11:23-28; 1 Thessalonians 5:18
This Sunday, Mike talked about the power of a thankful heart to help us through the hard times.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, or challenged you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What are the biggest things you are thankful for right now?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message, Mike read through the trials that the Apostle Paul experienced in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28. This is also the same Paul who wrote these words in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV): “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Not all circumstances are easy or comfortable. What reasons do the following passages provide for being thankful even though life is difficult?
Psalm 106:1 (ESV)
Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
James 1:17 (ESV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
John 16:33 (ESV)
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
- How can gratitude act to protect your heart? What can it protect your heart from?
2.When we give thanks in all circumstances, it reminds us that God is good. How is God described in the following verses?
Psalm 23:1-6 (ESV)
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Psalm 62:5-7 (ESV)
5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Matthew 7:11 (ESV)
11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
- Which description of God from the above verses do you most need to be reminded of right now?
3. As followers of Christ, we can give thanks in all circumstances because we know something about God. We know that He is working all things together for our good. What do the following verses teach you about God’s hidden work in our lives?
Genesis 50:20 (ESV)
20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV)
9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—
Romans 5:3-5 (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, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
- Why is giving thanks to God during difficult circumstances healthy for your soul?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?