Main Theme: God leads His people into situations where He knows there will be suffering, for a greater good.
Read in Class: Exodus 14. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: Why did God bring the Israelites to a place where He knew they would be terrified? In verse 31 what lesson did the Israelites learn from this experience?
Apply: Why is trusting God sometimes so hard, even though we may know many of the wonderful promises He has for us? Recount some difficult situation you believe the Lord led you into in order to teach you to “believe” in and to “fear” Him.
Share: Your friend says, “In the Bible we read about faith moving mountains, and God opening up the sea, but we never see that today.” How do you reply to your friend?
Study: What did God reveal to Israel about Himself at Marah and at Rephidim? What lessons should they have learned?
Apply: In Rephidim, what question did the children of Israel ask? Exod. 17:7. Have you ever asked the same question? If so, why? How did you feel, and what lessons did you learn after you had it answered? How many times do we need to get it answered before we stop asking it altogether?
Share: Your friend says she wonders how a piece of wood made the water sweet. Any ideas? Here is one idea.
Read in Class: Luke 4:1-13. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: What lessons can you learn from this account about how to overcome temptation and not give in to sin?
Apply: What resources did Jesus use to overcome temptation? Which of these resources have you used to overcome temptations?
Share: Your friend asks you why the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted? Does God lead us into temptation? What do you share with your friend?
Read in Class: 1 Peter 1:6-9. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: What ultimate assurance does Peter seek to give these people amid their trials? What does this hope mean for us, too?
Apply: How have you benefited by your trials?
Share: Can you think of someone going through a particularly difficult trial? Can you reach out to them this week with a visit, phone call, or card, offering them encouragement and hope from the Bible?
“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 NLT