Share a time that you needed to make a big decision and wanted to know God’s will. What were the circumstances and how did you decide what was best for your life?
Every desire comes with a decision… my way or God’s way?
What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?
How did the songs we sang this weekend relate to the message we heard? (Faithful to the End, What a Beautiful Name and Great are You Lord)
Why can “I just feel like…” be a dangerous way to determine God’s will?
“God’s too creative to do the same thing twice.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why?
What does the Bible say?
Read Isaiah 55:8-9
- What two things are contrasted in these verses? How extreme is the contrast?
- Why is it so difficult to remember that we don’t see the whole picture like God does?
- Does knowing that God’s perspective is “far beyond” our own make it easier or more difficult to trust God? Why?
Read Mark 14:35-36
- Have you ever thought about Jesus submitting his own will to the Father’s? How does this affect how you think about Jesus?
- What was the short-term result of Jesus submitting to the Father’s will and what was the long-term result of Jesus submitting to the Father?
- How does Jesus’ experience in trusting the Father make it easier for us ourselves to follow Jesus?
Apply the Message
This week Donnie mentioned six “filters” that we can use to determine God’s will. As a group, pick two – one that you feel most confident in and one you feel least confident in:
- Am I in a right relationship with God?
- What does the Bible say?
- What would Jesus do?
- Have I asked wise people for help?
- Do I sense God’s peace?
- Is this my will or God’s will?
For the two you picked, answer the below questions:
- How can this be a choice?
- How is this practically done?
- How can this be implemented daily?