Now What?: Knowing God’s Will – Blueprint or Game Plan?
Sermon-based Discussion Questions and Resources
*If you are watching this alone use these as reflection questions. You may want to journal and write down your responses. If you are watching with others, have one person lead the discussion by reading this discussion guide and questions out loud after you watch the sermon.
- ICE-BREAKER QUESTIONS
- What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
- As we enter a new season of “opening up” after quarantine, what are one or two things you look forward to the most?
- Now What? What do you do when you don’t know what to do?
- Life is always full of many circumstances and choices that are difficult to navigate. Then, we find ourselves in a situation like we are now and it makes everything even more complex. There are many unknowns and “what ifs” and it is overwhelming. The twists and turns of life can often leave us disoriented and not sure what to do or which way to go. In this series called “Now What?”, we are talking about the question “what do you do when you don’t know what to do?”.
- THIS WEEK: We talked about the question, “Is God’s will more of a blueprint or a game plan?”
- A Blueprint: Spells everything out in great detail. All specific details.
- A Game Plan: Sets general guidelines with OCCASIONAL specific plays
- DIGGING DEEPER QUESTIONS
- What stood out to you from this message?
- READ: James 4:13-17
- What stands out to you from this passage?
- Doug talked about how James 4:17 defines sin as not doing what you know God wants you to do and that “even delayed obedience is disobedience”. He went on to say that often we hit the snooze on things God wants us to do. Talk about a time in life where you knew what God wanted you to do but you “hit the snooze button”.
- Read: Psalm 23:1-4
- What stands out to you from this passage
- Doug made the statement that “Embracing the known will of God is the key to discovering the unknown will of God“. What do you think that means and why is it important to knowing God’s will?
- Doug said we should cycle through three questions as we seek to know God’s game plan for our lives:
- What does God’s word say?
- What do godly and wise people say?
- What does God’s Spirit say?
- How have you incorporated those questions into your life in the past?
- Doug said that it is important to not just ask these questions when seeking God’s plans in the big decisions, but we need to ask those questions often in our daily life. What is a way you could incorporate using these questions in your daily life?
- NEXT STEPS
- What do you think is your NEXT STEP from this week’s message? What is one thing you will do to apply these truths this week? What is your NEXT STEP? Be specific.
- Make a plan for checking on each other over the summer and consider planning a get-together once things open up again.
- CLOSING PRAYER
- What are some things we should be praying about for each other and for others?
*Sermon Scripture References:
Colossians 1:4; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 13:1-4; Acts 16:6-10; Acts 15:26-40; James 4:13-17; 1 Peter 4:19; Ephesians 5:17; Matthew 7:24-27; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 19:20