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Small Groups Bible Study – June 21

No God Like Ours: Self-sufficient

Verse for Meditation:

Acts 17:24-25

24“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything.

See also:       Psalm 50:7-12       Acts 17:24-25       2 Cor. 12: 8-10       Hebrews 1:3a

Discussion Questions: 

Pastor highlighted some of the points below. In each section choose, a point that captures your attention and share your thoughts.

God is self-sufficient. How is that a blessing to us? 

1. Security. God is secure in Himself, His perfect love, unity, and joy. He has no needs that are met by us. If God had a need that was met by us, eventually, we would let him down or try to control him. Can’t happen. How does this make you feel? More secure? Awed? Puzzled? Why?

2. Reality check. We have needs and limits. But we love autonomy and sometimes view dependence as a flaw. Which of these self-sufficiency outcomes are the most relatable for you?

a. Lessening of prayer

b. Lessening of thankfulness

c. Lessening of conviction in sin

d. Increasing of self-entitlement

3. Community. Our pursuit of self-sufficiency denies our need for community. It shows up in these ways. Which of these self-sufficiency outcomes are the most relatable for you?

a. Lack of deeper relationships

b. Lack of concealment

c. Lack of accountability

d. Lack of humility

e. Lack of replenishment

4. God is self-sufficient. Through Christ, He exchanges his sufficiencies for our insufficiencies. Forgiveness. Redemption. New starts. What weakness is asking you to surrender to him at this time? Read the verse out loud before sharing.

2 Cor. 12: 8-10 

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Wilkin, Jen. None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing). Crossway. 2016.