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IF/THEN: The Divine Hearing Principle
Sermon-Based Discussion/Reflection Questions
September 12th, 2021

  • IF/THEN: Sometimes God works in NOT so mysterious ways.
  • People often say, “The Lord works in mysterious ways.” That statement is true. However, God created the world to work in some specific ways, and God often works in ways that are not that mysterious. God is not a God of confusion. God is a God of clarity. In this 7-week series we will look at some of the paths, principles and promises that God has put in place that can bring clarity to what it looks like the have clarity and direction in a world of chaos and confusion.
  • The Divine Hearing Principle – In Week 2 of IF/THEN, we talked about how sometimes God speaks in unexpected ways, but sometimes God speaks in expected ways. The bottom line is God speaks and we need to be quiet and listen.
  • ***For a new group meeting together or a group with new people, or a group that has had a long time not meeting together, see the bottom of this page for Ice Breaker Questions.
  • Today, we looked at the promise that God speaks to us and that we can hear Him. How have you experienced that to be true in your life?
  • What are some of the things that can make it difficult to hear God’s voice?
  • Have you ever struggled to hear from God? Describe it.
  • READ: Jeremiah 29:11-13, 33:3. What observations do you have about these verses?
  • Doug asked the question, “Is God’s voice the loudest voice in your life?” How would you answer that? What voices and noise competes with His voice in your life?
  • Doug pointed out that sometimes God speaks in a quiet whisper (1 Kings 19:12). Why do you think that is?
  • 1 Samuel 3:9 gives us a great prayer to position ourselves to listen to God: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
  • What steps can you take this week to lean into God’s voice and seek God’s voice? Doug talked about the Bible, the Holy Spirit, as well as Godly and wise people as three ways to hear God’s voice. How have each of these helped you hear from God in the past?
  • How can others, including the people in your small group, help you hear God’s voice? How can we help each other hear God’s voice?
  • NEXT STEPS: Everyone has a next step to apply what we have learned. What is your next step?
  • MEMORY VERSE: *Challenge yourself or your group to commit this verse to memory: Jeremiah 29:11-13For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
  • PRAYER: Spend some time praying about your willingness to be quiet, actively listen and seek God this week. If you are discussing this with a group, spend some time praying for your group.
  • Scripture References: Isaiah 55:8-9; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Jeremiah 33:3; 1 Samuel 3:9; 1 Kings 19:12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Isaiah 55:11; John 16:7-13; Hebrews 3:7-8; Acts 15:28; 13:10; 15:22; Ephesians 4:11-15; Hebrews 10:24-25
    These questions are designed to get everyone talking and letting people get to know each other.
    ICE BREAKER 1:Unique Introductions”– Have everyone introduce themselves this way:
  • 1) A unique greeting (Example: Hi, Hello, Hey, Aloha, Bon Jour, Greetings, What’s up, etc.) Everyone has to have a unique opening greeting line. No repeats. Must be a unique greeting word or phrase that has not already been used by someone else during this ice breaker.
  • 2) Name and a 1-minute bio of who you are (include any family info, what you do during the week, what you do for fun, and how long you have attended Live Oak) Example: “Hi. My name is Doug Halcomb. I’m Senior Pastor at Live Oak, married to Jennifer, 2 kids, Jean & Graycia. Graduated from Tech in 1993. For fun I like to watch movies and travel. I’ve attended Live Oak from 1993- 2004, and again since 2012.”
  • ICEBREAKER 2:Lightning Round” Start with the leader and ask a question that is either an “either/or” type question or a “what is your favorite___________” fill in the blank type question. Example: Beach or mountains? TV or Movies? Favorite movie? Favorite food? Favorite hobby?
  • Each person in the circle answers the question with the one who asked the question answering last. Then, the person to the right asks their own “either/or” or “favorite” question. Each person in the circle answers that question with the person who asked the question answering last. Go all around the circle until everyone in the circle asks a question. This gets everyone talking and participating. Try to keep the pace up and keep a lightening round type of feel. Quick questions and answers.
  • ICEBREAKER 3:Hopes for our Small Group” Have everyone share why they were interested in joining a small group AND what they might be hoping to experience in this small group.