Main Theme: God’s Word gives us real hope we can trust even in the worst circumstances.
Read in Class: Romans 8:28-39. Identify the main thought of this passage.
Study: How does this passage help us keep from doubting God’s goodness, even when things go wrong?
Apply: How is it possible for a truth (God’s goodness) to have a more powerful effect on you than your doubts? What does this do for your faith?
Share: Your friend asks you if all things work together for our good, does that mean that everything that happens to us is good? What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: John 14:1-14. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: What does it mean to pray in the name of Jesus? Why does Jesus encourage us to pray this way?
Apply: What hope and encouragement can you draw from these promises? At the same time, ask yourself, “What things in my life could be standing in the way of having these promises fulfilled for me? What changes must I purpose in my heart to make?”
Share: Your friend asks, “Why did Jesus say in John 14:3 that He would come again so we could be with Him? Aren’t we with Jesus as soon as we die?” What do you tell your friend? Hint: See Death in Light of the Cross.
Read in Class: Ephesians 1:18-23. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: Paul talks about the power of God. What do these verses teach us about the power of the Resurrection? What hope and promises for yourself can you find in these verses?
Apply: what can we do better, what choices can we make, that can allow this power to work more freely in our lives?
Share: Your friend asks how the church can represent the fulness of God’s body? What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22 and Matthew 6:25-33. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: It’s been said, “What we worry about the most shows where we trust God the least.” How can worry be a sin? How does worry expose our lack of trust in God?
Apply: What are things that cause you worry now? However legitimate they are, however troublesome they are, is there anything too hard for the Lord? Maybe our biggest problem is that even though we believe that God knows about it and can fix it, we don’t believe that He will resolve it the way we would like it resolved. Dwell on that last point and ask yourself how true it is in your own life.
Share: Your friend asks you, “Why should I cast all of my care upon someone who let His own cousin get beheaded in prison?” What do you tell your friend?