Week of 3/11/2018

Session 2 OMG The God I wish You Knew

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

We have been looking at the true characteristics of God. With every distortion of God there is a corresponding consequence. As a Group we want to understand who God truly is. Last week we discussed the love of God. This week let’s discuss the faithfulness of God. 

Breaking the Ice

Genesis 15:1-5

After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”2 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

In Genesis, Abraham learned about the faithfulness of God. God promised him a son, but Abraham had a lot of doubt. In, God made Abraham a promise comparing his descendants to the number of stars in the sky. Now, we want to challenge the Group with some random star facts. 

  • Do you know what the nearest star to the Earth is? The Sun 
  • There are estimated to be 100 billion galaxies. How many total stars do you think there are? There are approximately 70 – 300 Sextillion stars (but who could really prove that.) 

For the rest of our time, let’s think through faithfulness as being steadfast in affection and allegiance. 

Getting Conversation Going

1. What do you think about God? 

(Even if you don’t believe in God, how do you imagine the God you don’t believe in?) 

2. What do you think God thinks about you? 

If we were all honest, at times in our lives, our circumstances determine how we see God, or have determined how we saw God at certain points in our lives. 

3. Have your circumstances ever affected your view of God? If so, how? 

4. Is it difficult or easy to view God as faithful? Why or why not? 

2 Timothy 2:13 . . .if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

5. Is it easy to trust God with your struggles? Why or why not?

6. What are ways to give your struggles to God?

7. Why do many people struggle to trust God with their future plans?

8. Which is easier, to trust God with your struggles or your future? Why is that? 

Next Step:

As we go throughout this week, let’s pray that we can trust God with our current struggles, and with our future. In those moments we struggle let’s let prayer be the first way we reach out for help.