22 November 2020 - We Need God's Guidance

22 November, 2020 Dom Chan

READ: 2 Samuel 5:17-25

Here’s what happens… 

David is the new king, and his enemies are angry. Many years prior, David killed a giant named Goliath…and now people from Goliath’s country want to kill David. David asks God very specific questions about how to battle these enemies, and God gives him guidance by telling him what to do. 

 Memory Verse 

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10). 

DISCUSS 

1. What stands out for you in this bible passage?

2. Can you remember a time when God has gone out before you? 

3. What does this say about God?

4. What does this say about us?

5. What is God saying to you?

PRAY 

Dear God, Thank you. Thank you for the good times, thank you for the challenging times and thank you for our struggles. Thank you that in all these moments there are lessons for us to learn and that we may share them with you and you are there for us. Help us this week to walk with more grace and love as we see all the things around us that you have made and that we are grateful for. Help us not just to do this for a season but to allow it to become part of our identity. Thank you that we can do all things with you strengthening us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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15 November- We Are Strong With God

15 November, 2020

READ: Judges 6-7 

Here’s what happens… 

Gideon is hiding from his enemies when an angel appears, calls Gideon a mighty hero, and instructs him to go into battle. Although Gideon is weak in his own strength, he takes a large army into battle. But God whittles the army down to a very small one to show it’s God’s power that wins the battle. 


Memory Verse 

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10). 

DISCUSS 

  1. What stands out for you in this bible passage? 
  2. When was a time that you were afraid but you were able to accomplish the task with God’s help?  
  3. When was the last time you sat in silence with God?  
  4. Has there been a time in your life where you have witnessed God giving someone the strength they need in a certain circumstance?  
  5. What’s something you’ve done that took all your strength? Maybe taking a super long hike, lifting something heavy, or doing something nobody thought you could do. Tell your partner about it. 
  6. What would you be willing to do if you knew it would make you stronger?  
  7. What do you think God is saying to you? What can you do about it? 

PRAY 

Dear God, Thank you. Thank you that we can learn about you, share what we learn freely with others and ask questions openly about you without real fear of persecution. We thank you for the world that you have created for us and that we can see Joy in tough times, love in the smile of a stranger and Hope in the dawning of a new day. God, thank you for making us strong! When we feel weak or afraid, help us remember that we are strong with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 


 

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8 November- We Are God's Masterpiece

8 November, 2020

READ 

Genesis 2:4-7, 18-23;  Psalm 8 


Here’s what happens.  


God creates human beings in his image. He takes dust and breathes his very breath into humankind. Making him as the crown of his creation, and then created Eve to share with Adam. Man is given stewardship of the earth and for that we should be thankful 


Memory Verse 

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10). 


DISCUSS 


1. Share how you responded to God’s plan for your life over the past week. 


2. How do you understand creation is it literal, or a fairy-tale or somewhere in between? Explain 


3. What parts of creation do you find the most beautiful? 


4. What does it mean to say that human beings are the crown of creation?  


5. Humankind are called to be stewards of the earth. What does that mean? 


6. How do you demonstrate your stewardship 


a) over creation 


b) your possessions. 


c) your talents and gifts 


7. What is there that you can do this week to demonstrate being a good steward of what God has given you. Share this and be prepared to share next week how it went. 

 

PRAY 

Creator God, you formed us from the dust of the earth, and reveal your fingerprints in all flesh. Teach us your deep wisdom in the order and beauty of all that you have made. When our care for your creation is found wanting, reprove and reform us, so that our footprints may be more gentle on the earth, tending and keeping it as your own handiwork, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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1 November- We have a purpose

1 November, 2020

READ 

Esther 4:5-17, 9:18-22 

Here’s what happens.  

Esther, a Jewish woman, is chosen to become queen, but King Xerxes doesn’t know she’s Jewish. Meanwhile, King Xerxes’ right-hand man, Haman, is trying to kill all the Jews! Esther’s cousin Mordecai tells Esther that she has a purpose: to save the Jews. Esther uses her position as queen to denounce Haman and thwart a plot and so saves her people. As a result the Jews institute the feast of Purim to remember how God used Esther to save his people. 


DISCUSS 


1. Share what you did last week to respond to recognising Jesus as both fully human and fully divine. 


2.Have you ever felt like Esther having little control over events that happen in your life? 


3. Do you believe that God has placed you where you are now for a purpose? Think in terms of work, family and church.  


4. Why do you think God has placed you where you are now, and what are you going to do about it? 


5. Esther is called to take a risk to fulfil God’s plan? Are you being asked to take any risks and what are they? 


6. Esther relied upon advice from Hegai, the king’s eunuch and Mordecai. Who are your trusted advisors? Who do you look to for advice  


7. Though it’s not mentioned, the story of Esther is a part of God’s plan for the world. How are you and your life a part of that plan?  


8. What is there that you can do this week to respond to God’s plan or your part in God’s plan? Share this and be prepared to share next week how it went. 


PRAY 

The following prayer are the words of Esther as recorded in the Apocrapha that adds several chapters to the book of Esther. I include this prayer in its entirety acknowledging these are Esther’s words but they have relevance for you and I today. May Esther’s prayer be our prayer. 


 Let us pray 


 “My Lord, you alone are our king. Help me! I have no one to help me but you, 15 and I am in great danger now. 16 From my birth, Lord, I have heard how you chose Israel from among the rest of the nations, and our fathers from their ancestors, to be an everlasting inheritance. I have heard how you did for them all that you had promised. 17 But now we have sinned before you, and you have delivered us into the power of our enemies 18 because we worshipped their gods. You are just, Lord. 19 Yet the enemies weren’t satisfied with our bitter slavery, so they shook hands with their idols in partnership. 20 They plan to set aside the promises you made, to rob you of your inheritance, to silence those who praise you, and to stamp out the honour of your temple and your altar. 21 They want to open the mouths of the nations to praise the wonderful deeds of useless idols[d] so that a human king might be honored forever. 


22 “Don’t surrender your sceptre, Lord, to things that don’t exist. Don’t let them mock our downfall. Instead, turn their scheme against them and make an example of the one who started this against us. 23 Remember us, Lord, and reveal yourself in the time of our distress. Give me courage, king of the gods and ruler of every authority. 24 When I speak, let my words be persuasive before the lion, and turn the king’s heart to hatred toward the one who is fighting against us, to bring his life to an end along with those who agree with him. 25 Deliver us by your actions, and help me, I who am alone and have no one except you, Lord. 


“You know all things. 26 You know that I hate the honour of those who don’t follow your Law. I detest sharing the bed of this uncircumcised king or indeed of any foreigner. 27 You know my trouble: I hate the crown[e] that is on my head when I appear in public. I despise it as I would a menstrual rag, and I don’t wear it when I am in private. 28 I, your servant, didn’t dine at Haman’s table. Nor did I honour the king’s banquet or drink wine that had been offered to the gods. 29 From the day of my crowning until now, your servant hasn’t had any joy except in you, Lord, God of Abraham. 30 All-powerful God, listen to the voice of those who despair, and deliver us from the hands of those who do wrong, and deliver me from my fear!” 


 

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