Questionable (9) - Questions
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
SUFFERING JOYFULLY & REAPING ITS REWARD
Pastor Jon Couch shared these 4 keys …
1. I will never get to where God desires to take me if I continue to play it safe.
What is the connection between the possibility of tribulations and playing it safe? What other reasons may there be for playing it safe when it comes to our faith and witness and God’s Kingdom? Why do you play it safe? What will you do THIS WEEK to express your faith and take a risk?
2. My trials are producing spiritual muscle that nothing else can produce.
Why do trials produce spiritual muscle, like the important spiritual muscle of perseverance? On a scale of 0-10 (0 being a spiritual weakling and 10 being totally spiritually buffed) where do you fall on this spectrum? How will you increase that number and develop your muscle of perseverance THIS WEEK?
3. My trials reveal who I really am because of Whose (Jesus’) I really am.
Why does character count? How does perseverance during struggles develop character? Who needs to see you developing your character THIS WEEK?
4. The hope that Jesus gives is greater than what I fear.
Paul’s sequence is: 1) Tribulations, 2) Perseverance, 3) Character and 4) Hope. Why is hope at the end? What is the connection between God’s love and our hope? How does God’s love give us hope and help us overcome our fear?
Bottom Line - Why are we to glory in our tribulations? Do you?
Questionable Living - Why is Paul’s sequence here an important part of Living a Questionable Life?
Now dividing up men with men and women with women, answer these connection questions:
What joy or victory are you experiencing?
What struggle or sin are you dealing with?
What specific prompting from God do you need to obey?
How can we pray for you?