When we suffer devastating disappointments, we can feel like our lives are ruined. This week, Ptr. Jared Co urges us to press on by faith especially when we are discouraged. When God is with us and when we seek to do His work, we can rest assured that our efforts to rebuild will never be in vain.
Read Today’s Scripture Passage
Life Group Discussion Guide
1. Start with a prayer
2. Engage one another (15-30 mins)
- Choose 2 LG members to share a devotion they recently had.
- What do you remember from the message?
3. Engage the mind (15-20 mins)
- Describe the Temple that Solomon built. Describe the Temple that the Israelites were building. How are they similar/different?
- Why were the Israelites discouraged? How did God encourage the Israelites?
- Read Exodus 40:34-35 and 1Kings 8:10-11. How do these verses describe God’s glory? Did a simple tent (Tabernacle) affect God’s glory? Why?
- What is God’s promise to the Israelites? What are the 3 fulfillments of God’s promise?
4. Engage the heart (15-20 mins)
- What happens to you when you feel discouraged? How is the Lord encouraging you through His word?
- Do you think God’s presence is with you? Why? God’s Truth: God is with us. What does this mean for you?
- In verse 4b, ‘Work, for I am with you.’ Whether we succeed or fail, it will not change our identity in God. In what way have you tied your identity to what you are capable of doing? What does God say about your identity? How is it similar or different to what the world says about your identity?
- What is the greater glory that God promised? In what way is Jesus God’s ultimate work to rebuild our ruins? Why are we in ruins? Why is the world in ruins?
5. Engage the hands (15-20 mins)
- How can you focus more on God’s glory than your worries? What verse comes to mind that can bring you encouragement?
- Do you know someone who needs encouragement? How can you be God’s partner in bringing encouragement to him/her?
6. Engage God in prayer (20-30 mins)
- Pray for each other’s needs and concerns. (10-15 minutes)
- Pray for our country. (10-15 minutes)
- Wisdom for government leaders as they consider to purchase COVID-19 vaccines to administer to 60M of the whole population
- Philippines’ unemployment rate hit 8.7% in October 2020; equivalent to 3.8 million Filipinos
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