CG Questions 5.8.16
- This week’s sermon talked about different ways to hear God’s voice. Some ways are: the Bible, various phenomena (dreams, visions), other people and circumstances. He compared these various ways to travel and traffic in New York – the sound, chaos, getting stuck or lost. Have you ever experienced the ‘traffic jam’ of hearing God’s voice that Justin mentioned? Briefly share your experience.
- Break in groups of 2 or 3. Justin talked about superstitions we may have when it comes to hearing God’s voice. These usually spring from the ‘traffic jam’ inside from other’s voices, circumstances etc. Some of these superstitions are the “random verse”, “open door” or “fleece” method.
Confess any of these practices that you may hold to when it comes to hearing God. The purpose behind this is to move forward in an honest, ongoing conversation with God. Pray for one another for real change.
- Have someone carefully read 2 Cor 6:6-16. Perhaps even read these verses from a few translations. The following questions will focus on chunks of verse within the larger passage.
3a. Go back to verse 9 & 10. The verses tell us that God has revealed amazing and unimaginable things to us through His Spirit. Talk about an area of life where you need more wisdom, more of His clear will revealed (i.e. a relationship, a living or job situation, an important life choice you are facing). How will you apply this biblical truth to that need this week? (for example: more time in prayer, repenting of doubt and believing God wants to speak). Plan on sharing next week what God has spoken to you concerning this and what action you took.
3b. Read verses 12 & 13 out loud together. Justin told us that your spirit is the primary terminal of communication with God. Is this evident in your life? Do you regularly hear the voice of God?
If not, what is honestly standing in your way? Perhaps you don’t believe God will speak directly to you, or there is willful sin or disobedience that you are struggling with, or maybe this is a new concept to you. Whatever is holding you back, today break into groups of 2 or 3 and ask God to show you His desire to communicate through your spirit. This week JOURNAL what God has said and act on His words (i.e. share your faith, forgive someone, give generously to someone in need etc). Again, be ready to share next week what you are hearing from God.
3c. Read verses 14-16. Think about any choice or decisions you may be facing in life. Practice the “Disciple Test” mentioned in this week’s sermon. What choice can you make in that situation that will make you look more like Jesus? What fears do you have that may be blocking this? What specific action will you take to overcome that fear with faith.
- Read this passage together.
Deuteronomy 1:30-31 (ESV)
30 The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31 and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’….
Take a few minutes and make this your prayer. Agree with one another for this simple request:
Father, Teach us your inner voice