STUDY GUIDE FOR 1-20-19
Discovering what God’s love is really like: God’s love is faithful!
Think about life:
- Think about family and friends who love you. What do they do that lets you know that they love you?
- How do you know that God loves you?
- Have some things happened in your life that caused you to doubt God’s love? What were they and how did you navigate that situation?
- In your mind, what would it look like if God’s love for you was NOT faithful?
Digging Deeper into Scripture:
- Recap what it means that God’s love is covenantal and jealous.
- Read Psalm 13:1-3
- What is the author struggling with and how does that affect his belief that God’s love for him is faithful? What questions does he ask?
- What events have happened in your life that have made you ask similar questions of God? How did those events effect your belief in God’s faithful love for you? What helped you make it through?
- Read Psalm 136:1-26 (This is a brief retelling of creation and God’s relationship with His people in the Old Testament.)
- List the specific actions that the writer says are evidence that God’s faithful love endures forever.
- Which one or two of these actions seem most important to you and why?
- This Psalm is basically of retelling of history through which the author recognizes God’s faithful love. Looking back over your lifetime, what significant events occurred that evidenced God’s faithful love for you?
- Reflect on the story of Joseph in Gen. 37, 39-45. How does God prove his love to be faithful for Joseph and his family? What did Joseph and family have to go through before they could understand what God was doing?
- Read 2 Tim. 2:11-13
- Note: Because of the poetic nature of these verses scholars believe them to be part of a familiar worship song, perhaps sung when believers were baptized.
- The first two statements (verses 11-12) are about reward. The third (verse 12) is a warning. The fourth statement (verse 13) is quite different. What strikes you about this statement?
- How might you explain denying Jesus being different than being unfaithful or faithless toward Jesus? What does it mean to you that Jesus will remain faithful to you even if you are not faithful to Him?
Scripture readings: Rom. 8:31-39; Psalm 136; Gen. 37, 39-45; Rev. 1:4-8