31 May Discussion Guide: We Were Made for This Week 1
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
Today we begin a new series titled We Where Made For This. We will be studying through the book of James. James was the brother of Jesus who came to be one of His most devoted disciples and the leader of the church in Jerusalem. What would inspire a man to worship his own brother as God and follow Him to his own death? The same thing that can inspire us to follow Jesus with that same fervency. What was that? What did James come to realize? Let’s find out together as we take a look at what God has made us for.
Why do you think people have such a hard time accepting suffering and difficulties in life?
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Can you describe a time when you experienced a trial, or some kind of difficulty, in your life?
How did that trial impact your life?
What do you suppose James means when it says we should, “Count it all joy, whenever you face trials of various kinds?”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
How do you think “trusting in the Lord,” and, “acknowledging Him,” in all of our ways might help us navigate through these various types of trials?
As we all know, some of the trials we face are the result of physical circumstances beyond our control? Some of the trials we face are the result of choices others have made that affect us. And some of the trials we face are the result of choices we have made ourselves.
Whether we admit it or not, there is always the temptation for us to see ourselves as a victim of our circumstances when it comes to the trials we face. Why is that not a helpful way to approach the difficult situations we face?
What is the alternative approach to facing our trials? And, how might that help us to come out of those moments better and stronger?
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
What does the fact that Jesus not only endured the cross, but rose again, and today is seating on His throne, mean about the trials we face?
How can “fixing our eyes on Jesus,” give us the strength and motivation to not lose heart in our trials?
Is anyone facing a trial today that we can pray for? And how might we help you bear the weight of that situation in the days to come?