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Dear Leader

Herewith the Life Group Guideline for the week.


Opening Prayer:

Worship:

Icebreaker and #NT260 Check in:

Read 1 John 4:7-12 and discuss. 

Theme – Deep Trust

Key Scriptures

1 Peter 4:19 (Living Bible)

“So if you are suffering according to God’s will, keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for He will never fail you.”

1 Peter 4:12-13 (NLT) 

 “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.”

James 1:2-4

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

Intro discussion: We live in a pain avoidance culture, a self-preservation culture.  Trials and suffering are seldom seen as positive.  How does the Lord want us to view trials and suffering?

  1. Deep Trust in the face of injustice

Read Exodus 2:11-12

Moses hated the injustice.  Read Hebrews 11:24-25 (NLT)

When we are faced with injustice we need to keep on doing what is right, and trust ourselves to the God who made us, for He will never fail us.

The Bible tells us that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  When we respond to injustice from the flesh we end up fighting and contending and wanting to put ourselves first.  And we may end up doing, or saying, something that we will regret for the rest of our lives.  But when we respond according to the Spirit we rest in the Lord’s love for us, we seek His will, and we wait for Him to deliver us. 

Discussion: In the face of injustice we need to keep on doing what is right. Ask LG members to comment on this, and on the importance of responding to unjust situations in the Spirit and not in the flesh.

2. Deep Trust when God’s plan involves us!

Exodus 3:9-10

Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

Moses felt overwhelmed … and he doubted himself.  He told God about his speech impediment and then he pleaded to God to choose another person for the task. 

There are going to be times in our lives where God’s plan for someone else’s deliverance involves us … times where He will use us for Kingdom service.   What do we do when the Lord commissions us?  When his plan involves us, even at great cost to ourselves?  We need to trust in the Lord who made us … And we need to say Yes to His call. 

Discussion: Share testimonies of times where the Lord has asked you to help someone or get involved in something for the Kingdom. How did you respond?  (Also ask anyone to share if they are sensing the Lord is calling them to do something for Him).

3. Deep Trust when the journey is different to what we imagined?

Moses and the people expected a short trip, no sea or river crossings, no hardships.  Just entering the Promised Land, and living happily ever after.  A land flowing with milk and honey … not a care in the world! 

Researchers have estimated that it should have taken 11 days to journey from Egypt to Canaan.  The Israelites didn’t anticipate 40 years of wandering in the desert … or the need to face giants when finally entering the Promised Land!  And Moses didn’t anticipate the grumbling … the rebellion … and the idol worship (remember the golden calf). 

When our journey on earth turns out different to what we imagined we can:

-          Despair … or we can trust

-          Fight … or we can yield

-          We can take matters into our own hands … or we can allow the Potter to make something beautiful of our lives. 

Like Moses we need to spend time with the Lord, share our hearts with Him, and let Him speak to us (as His friends).  See Exodus 33:11-17. When we are assured of His presence, and when we receive a Word from Him, we can entrust our life journey into His hands. 

Discussion: Ask LG members to share about something that they have been through in their lives that was difficult and unexpected, and how they kept on trusting in the Lord.

Prayer ministry:

Pray for those in need. 

Regards

Bruce Taylor
LIFE GROUPS PASTOR

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