Engage Groups October 23-26
ALWAYS FOR GOOD
1. Leaders: Take time to announce events happening this week in church.
2. Leaders: Be sure to review the Faith in Action you set as a group last week, then continue to the icebreaker question for this week’s study.
Icebreaker Question: If you had one day in your life to live over again, what day would you pick? What happened that day that affected you so much?
- What are the benefits of a trial?
- How do trials “show that our faith is genuine”? Give an example.
- Why does faith being tested resemble gold being purified?
- What past trial did you suffer yet your faith was purified? Explain.
- How does this part of your past identify you today and will bring you “much praise and glory and honor”?
- Based on verse 28, what do you think God’s plan is for you in this life?
- What do you think “called to His purpose” means?
- What do you think it means that God “knew His people in advance” and “chose them to be like His Son”?
- Why is it important that we know He has chosen us, called us, and given us right standing with Him when thinking about all of our past trials?
- How do you think “He gives us His glory”?
- In verse 14, what does Paul want to make sure we know? Why so?
- What is the primary purpose stated in verse 15?
- So then, no matter what we’ve gone through or are currently going through, how should we view every relationship?
- How do you think our “spirits get renewed everyday”?
- What do you think is the “glory produced in us” by trials?
- Why should we always “fix our gaze in the things not seen” when we consider our past?
- Given this study, in your own words, how valuable is your past and past relationships in making you who you are today?
PERSONAL: Faith in Action
Leaders take time to discuss and evaluate our past and past relationships and how they’ve shaped us. Now consider some practical things we can do to change our perspective about our current relationships and situations. Be specific.
Take time, either silently and individually or as a group, to identify past events or relationships that have impacted each one of us negatively. Pray and recognize God’s sovereignty over each one and that we would see His work done in us and through us during those times and people. Pray that we will see our current situations and relationships as ways God matures us for the future.