31 Jan Discussion Guide: Awesome God Week 5
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.
Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.
This Week’s Topic
This week we continue our series, Awesome God, as we join thousands of Christians from our Every Nation family around the world who are also taking a look at the different names and attributes of God and the impact that has on our lives. As we start the year by fixing our eyes and our hearts on who God is, we believe it will also help us to be who He has called us to be in the midst of our very difficult and challenging cultural moment in history.
The Lord of Peace (Jehovah Shalom)
Can you think of a time when you have been brave because of your faith?
12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
In your own words, describe what you think is going through Gideon’s mind in this moment?
Have you ever had those kinds of thoughts about God being with you in difficult circumstances run through your own mind? If so, would you care to explain?
“We can either let our circumstances define who God is to us, or we can let the truth of who God is redefine our circumstances.”
Why is it so tempting to feel like God is unloving, powerless, uncaring, or distant when life doesn’t go as we had hoped or planned?
What is the danger of allowing our experiences to define who God is to us?
14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” 16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites
We know from the following two chapters that Gideon obeys God and with an army of just 300 men Gideon, with God’s anointing, strikes down the Midianites and delivers Israel from their oppression.
What would you say gave Gideon the courage to obey God in this seemingly impossible task?
How does knowing God is will you in your challenging moments give you the courage to respond rightly?
How does that compare to feeling like our success in a given situation is completely up to our own strength and abilities? Why do you think that is?
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
How does this passage give us the absolute confidence that God is with us in our moments of suffering and challenge?
If that is true, and we truly believed that as Christians, how might that affect the way we respond to our current cultural moment?