Small Groups Weekly Bible Study – December 9

Small Group Weekly Bible Study

Greater Than – 2 – “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your
heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

Theme: Waiting is Greater than Instant Gratification

Advent is a season of waiting: the people of God waited for the Messiah to come, and we wait for Jesus’ return to make all wrong things right.

Warm-Up:  Share a time in your childhood when you did not wait for Christmas morning.
How has your faith in Christ helped you become less demanding?

Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read Psalm 27:13-14

  1. What does the Psalmist say would have happened to him (verse 13)?
  2. What is one thing we are told to do in such situations (verse 14)?

Read Psalm 37:3-8

  1. What five things does the Psalmist tell us to do (verses 3-4)?
  2. How might this promise help you to be more patient (verses 5-6)?
  3. Why does the Psalmist warn us against getting angry in these situations (verses 7-8)?

Read Lamentations 3:22-26

  1. Of what is the writer of Lamentations reminding us (verses 22-23)?
  2. How does our soul respond when we learn to wait on God (verses 24-25)?
  3. What is true for those who so wait on the LORD for His provision (verse 26)?

Read Luke 2:25-32, 36-38

  1. What is one thing that stands out to you in the story of Simeon (verses 25-32)?
  1. How does the story of Anna challenge you (verses 36-38)?


 Application Questions

  1. How might you incorporate one of these verses in your life to help you be patient?
  2. What can you do in your daily life to make patient waiting on the LORD part of your lifestyle?

Prayer: Father, help us to be patient people, always looking to You as Jesus exemplified in His
life, to extend Your grace and provision for us at the proper time.

Talk and Pray
with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives
this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.  


Going Deeper

Describe the first temptation Satan tempted Jesus with in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1- 3)?



How does Jesus’ response show He was waiting on God to relieve His hunger (Matthew 4)?



What was the next temptation that Satan used to tempt Jesus (Matthew 4:5-6)?



How does Jesus’ response get to the real root of Satan’s suggestion (Matthew 4:7)?



Finally, what was Satan willing to offer Jesus if He would worship him (Matthew 4:8-9)?



Share an experience from your life that reflects how waiting paid off for you.


Prayer: Father, help us to look to You as Jesus always did, to bring about the result You want for
us, even in the midst of the most stressful of situations. AMEN.