GUIDESHEET FOR 5-10-20
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?
Read 2 Cor. 1:8-11
- What does Paul share about and why?
- How difficult was the situation Paul endured? As a result how did he change his thinking?
- 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.
- Why do you think Paul did not complain about what he went through?
Read 2 Cor. 12:1-10
- Why was Paul in danger of being proud? How did God ensure that Paul would stay humble and dependent upon the Lord?
- 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”?
- What did God want Paul to learn about weakness and strength?
- Share a time when you’ve experience God’s strength through your weakness?
Read 1 Kings 18-19
- What’s the danger in going from a spiritual high/victory to a spiritual low/seeming defeat?
- How does God help Elijah recover his bearings before God speaks to him?
- What does Elijah complain about and what is God’s response?
- 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