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Don't Delay - Act Now! A Call For Obedience - 2 Kings 7:1-20

Don't Delay - Act Now! A Call For Obedience (2 Kings 7:1-20)

  1. What's the WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? 2 Kings 7:3-5
  2. GOOD NEWS Must be SHARED 2 Kings 7:5-10
  3. TRUST God or Miss the BLESSING 2 Kings 7:16-20
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Small Group Discussion
Discussion Questions:

Don't Delay - Act Now!  

2 Kings 7

  1. Why do you think obedience is so hard?  Why do you think it is so important to God?

  2. Which of the reasons to act now is most convincing/convicting to you?  Why?

  3. Do you have any personal examples of how doubt has wasted time?

Breakout: What specific obedience do you need to act now upon?  Or phrased in reverse, what disobedience do you need to repent of?

The Fight for Hope - Psalm 42

The Fight for Hope (Psalms 42:1-11)

How to Fight Against Spiritual Depression:

  1. Be HONEST WITH GOD ABOUT IT
  2. Desire and Seek after the LORD
  3. Remember PAST FAITHFULLNESS
  4. Preach THE TRUTH TO YOURSLEF and hope IN THE PROMISE OF GOD
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  1. What stood out to you from the message? What convicted or encouraged you?

  2. According to Psalm 42, how can we find hope in the midst of feeling hopeless?

  3. What does it mean/look like to preach the gospel to yourself on a daily basis? Why is this so important?

  4. Why are we often tempted to act fake around other Christians and pretend like everything is fine? How can we become a more transparent group of believers?

Life after Salvation: Where's the Effort?

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Introduction:

Three Parts to Salvation (2 Peter 1:3-10)

  • Justification: Past
  • Sanctification: Present
  • Glorification: Future

Results When Every Effort is Made:

  1. Making every effort results in Spiritual Maturity. (2 Pet 1:8)
  2. Jeremiah 29:13 - "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."

  3. Making every effort keeps us from Habitual Sin. (2 Pet 1:9)
  4. Making every effort produces Confidence in our salvation. (2 Pet 1:10)
Ryan Stroupe - Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh North Small Groups Ministry Leader

Ryan Stroupe - Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh North Small Groups Ministry Leader

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 2 Peter 1:3-10

  1. Why should we want to do more than just "punch our ticket to Heaven"? What would you say to someone that doesn't want to do more than the bare minimum to get to Heaven?

  2. Why do we as Christians ignore Sanctification and focus on Justification and Glorification?

  3. As Small Groups what are some practical ways we can assist a fellow Christian or Small Group Member get past a habitual sin? 

  4. What are ways we can teach our children to start making every effort at a young age, i.e. teenagers?

  5. How much effort do you put into your relationship with God compared to other areas of your life? Would you say God is outside your house, in your "Good Room", or is running your entire house?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.

Taking the Test

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Intro: Mark 12:30-31 | 1 John 3:10-24

  1. Study Failure: Heart of Cain (1 John 3:10-15)
  2. Study Success: The Heart of Christ (1 John 3:16-18)

      3 Aspects to Loving Like Christ

    1. The Love of Christ is Willing (1 John 3:16)
    2. The Love of Christ is Fueled by Compassion (1 John 3:17)
    3. The Love of Christ is Driven to Action (1 John 3:18)
  3. Take the Test: Is My Heart like Cain or Christ (1 JOhn 3:19-24)
  4. Pass the Test: Gain a Heart of Confidence (1 John 3:23-24)
  5. Galatians 5:14 - For sthe whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 1 John 3:10-24

  1. How can we guard ourselves against falling into the spiral of jealousy*/resentment/hatred?
     
  2. What challenges do we face in loving others the way that Christ does?
     
  3. How can we build the habit of testing our hearts in order to avoid bitterness?
     
  4. Beyond assurance of our own faith, what benefits can we gain from complete confidence in our relationship with God?

Breakout:
Pray for each other

Seeking Wisdom During Trials

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Introduction (Job 28:20-28)

Seeking Wisdom

  1. Wisdom cannot be found Apart from God. (Job 28:20-27)
  2. Wisdom is found with God. (Job 28:28a)

Proverbs 9:10 - "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight"

James 1:5 - "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him"

2 Ways to Fellow with God and His Word during Trials

  1. Utilize Small Groups
  2. Pray the Bible
  3. Seeking Wisdom

  4. Wisdom brings us Closer to God. (Job 28:28b)
Michael Wolski - Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh North A/V Ministry Leader

Michael Wolski - Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh North A/V Ministry Leader

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Job 28:20-28

  1. Where do you typically go first for your 'wisdom' during a trial?

  2. Why do you think Christians struggle with seeking God for wisdom first?

  3. What’s the worst advice you’ve received? Now applying biblical wisdom, how would that advice change [i.e. slight alteration, 180-degrees]?

  4. What has been the most difficult piece of biblical wisdom you’ve received? [i.e. forgiveness, just waiting, etc.]

  5. What is your go-to verse, chapter, book, etc. in God’s Word that has helped you out the most during a trial? What about that particular passage gives you comfort, guidance, etc.?

  6. What fellowship activities with God and His word have worked best for you during a trial?

  7. (For the sliding scale fans) On a scale of 1 <-> 10, how much do you enjoy sliding scale questions?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.