TG#4: Forced to Trust God!

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Forced to Trust God!

Think about life: 

  • When you parents or grandparents told stories about going through really rough times, did they talk about how – in hindsight – they could see that God was at work? 
  • What’s the most difficult and trying experience you’ve endured to date?  How has it affected you?  What did you learn about God?  What did you learn about yourself?

Exploring Scripture:

Read 2 Cor. 1:8-11

  1. What does Paul share about and why? 
  2. How difficult was the situation Paul endured?  As a result how did he change his thinking?
  3. Share a time when you or someone close to you went through a hard time that forced them to trust God, instead of their own abilities.
  4. Why do you think Paul did not complain about what he went through?

Read 2 Cor. 12:1-10

  1. Why was Paul in danger of being proud?  How did God ensure that Paul would stay humble and dependent upon the Lord?
  2. What might have been going through Paul’s mind when he asked God to heal him three times so that he could be a more effective church planter, and three times God said “No”?
  3. What did God want Paul to learn about weakness and strength?
  4. Share a time when you’ve experience God’s strength through your weakness?

Read 1 Kings 18-19

  1. What’s the danger in going from a spiritual high/victory to a spiritual low/seeming defeat? 
  2. How does God help Elijah recover his bearings before God speaks to him?
  3. What does Elijah complain about and what is God’s response? 
  4. Have you experienced a time of spiritual distress in which, looking back, you see how God cared for you until you recovered your footing and were able to move forward?

Bible Reading:  2 Cor. 1:8-11; 2 Cor. 12:1-10; 1 Kings 18-19; Psalm 46