Sunday, November 20, 2016

Questions: Grace > Circumstances

We provide questions each week based on the theme of our service for our Micro Groups to use. If you're not in a Verve Micro Group, feel free to use them on your own.

This week we continued our series called Grace > and talked about "Grace > Circumstances" If you missed it, you can listen to it here.

  1. What is something you find easy to complain about.
  2. The Bible says, in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
    • Notice it doesn't say to give thanks FOR all circumstances, but IN all circumstances. It would be ridiculous to give thanks FOR ... cancer, or unemployment, or a divorce. But we can be thankful to God even in those circumstances.
    • What do you think it is about God and His grace that allows us to be thankful no matter what circumstances we're facing?
    • Have you ever known someone who seemed to be able to be thankful in all circumstances? Who was it? Did his or her life seem attractive to you?
  3. God tells us to give thanks in all circumstances and to "do everything without complaining" (see Philippians 2:14). Why do you think complaining such a big deal to God?
  4. Vince said that complaining is contagious. Have you ever seen someone affect others with their negative attitude?
  5.  Complaining can also creates complaints, that when we have a complaining attitude we will find things to complain about. When have you seen that in your life?
  6. We also learned that complaining causes us to lose sight of what we have. When we complain we aren't grateful for what we do have, and can easily ignore what God is doing in our lives. Have you ever seen this happen in your life?
  7. Vince said that "complaining is the enemy of grace." He claimed that complaining is a form of blasphemy because when we complain we are, in a very real sense, saying, "I don't believe God is taking care of me. I don't believe he will keep his promises to me."
    • How does it make you feel to think of your complaining in that way?
    • How could you stop complaining and start being more thankful?
  8. Studies show that finding things to be grateful for helps us to be thankful and to overcome a normally negative perspective. So ... why don't you keep a thanksgiving journal this week? Start by writing down everything in your life you can think of for which you are thankful. Then, as the week continues, keep adding to the list as new things occur to you or good things happen.
  9. Prayer Question:  What could we be praying for you this week? (Is this there something good we could celebrate with you, or a challenge you need God's help with?)