Sun, Jun 22, 2014

Finding God Faithful

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  1. Giving grows our capacity to trust God.
    1. Abstract trust versus real trust
    2. Our lack of faith hurts God. (Isaiah 59:1; Psalm 78:17-22; Matthew 7: 9-11)
    3. It’s ok to test God -
    4. Playing it safe or seeing God move?
  2. Giving is a matter of trust. (2 Corinthians 9:1-15; Mark 12:41-44)
    1. Throwing seed into the ground is a matter of trust. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)
    2. The widow’s mite (Mark 12:41-44)
  3. God is faithful, He has been, and He will be.
    1. Calvary’s story – stories of how God has provided in the past
    2. Personal testimony of how God provided

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean when someone says they have “trust issues”? How long does it take you to trust people? Is it better to believe someone and have that trust abused, or to rarely believe and thus avoid being wronged, yet suffer the side effects of a jaded perspective?
  2. What is the difference between trusting someone in theory, and trusting them in reality? Have you seen an example of someone not trusting what they proclaim to trust? Can you share it?
  3. When you are trustworthy, does it hurt not to be trusted? Why or why not? What happens to relationships when you can’t develop trust? Some say trust is the foundation of relationships. Do you think that is true? Why or why not?
  4. Can you relate to God’s feelings over not being trusted?
  5. When is it ok to test God and when is it not ok? Does Malachi 3:10 (“test me now in this”) contradict Matthew 4:7 (“do not test the Lord”)? Why or why not?
    Have you ever tested God in a good way and found Him faithful? Please share the story.
  6. Do you operate in a zero-sum perspective or a multiplication perspective? Zero-sum says there is only so much of the pie to go around, while multiplication looks at growing the whole pie.
    In finances, is your typical perspective, “Either I have the money or God does,” or do you think/pray, “God, multiply the resources”?
  7. Can you share a story of when God called you to step out of your comfort zone to do something before everything was in place? Please share.
    What is God calling you to next?
    Is it possible for a Christian to play it safe and still see God move miraculously?
    If the answer is no, which would you rather have?

 

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