Small Groups Weekly Bible Study – May 5

Small Group Weekly Bible Study

Renovation – 2 – “For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. “I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. “

Theme: “No ‘Que sera, Sera,’ Life for Me!”                                                                                 

Warm-Up Questions:  
What was most encouraging to you from Pastor Mark’s sermon on Sunday morning?
Describe how the vision someone had for you helped you to succeed at something?

Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read Isaiah 58:11-12

  1. What of all the LORD promises to do is most encouraging to you (verse 11)?
  2. Why do you think Isaiah chose to use the images he did (verse 12)?
  3. How does the way God talks to the people provide a measure of assurance to you?

Read Matthew 28:16-20

  1. What is it in this account of Jesus’ time with the disciples’ stands out to you (verses 16-17)?
  2. Why do you think Jesus seemingly ignored their doubts as He did (verse 18)?
  3. How important to you is it they were then trusted with the Great Commission (verses 19-20)?

Read Philippians 1:3-6    

1.  What does the way Paul prayed for his followers say to you (verses 3-5)?

2.  How can Paul’s confidence about your future work to strengthen your life (verse 6)?

Read 1 John 3:1-3

  1. How do you relate to John’s opening reminder to his audience (verse 1)?
  2. Which of the things John includes here is most encouraging to you (verse 2)?
  3. What do you think of John’s challenge to his listeners (verse 3)?
  4. How might all of this relate to the renovation God wants to do in your life?

Application Questions

  1. How are you going to trust God to continue His renovation project in you this week?
  2. What can you do in your daily life to make God’s sure future plans part of your lifestyle?

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help us to submit to the plans You have for us so that the renovation You want to do in our lives can become a reality for us in Jesus Christ.

    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

Read Isaiah 55:6-13.

What do you find most interesting in the way Isaiah starts this section (Isaiah55:6-7)?

What is one thing about God’s plans for you that you appreciate most (Isaiah 55:8-9)?

Why do you think God uses the example of the rain to make His point (Isaiah 55:10-11)?

How do the images used here reinforce what the Lord says about His promises (Isaiah 55:12-13)?

Share about a time when you experienced serious doubt about God’s working in your life. 

Prayer: Father, give us confidence in Your promises so that we will be able to trust as Jesus did to overcome any doubt and anxiety that may arise in our hearts.