Growth Group Weekly Bible Study – 3.19.17


Third Sunday in Lent
Theme: God’s Will & My Expectations – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says the LORD, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Warm-Up Questions:
Why do you think people are so interested in knowing the future? What was the biggest thing you ever planned that never happened?

Observation and Interpretation Questions:

Read Romans 9: 6-13, Genesis 16: 1-4, 15-16

  1. What might Paul mean about being Israel and not being of Israel (Romans 9: 6-7)?
  2. How did Abraham show that he had lost sight of God’s promise (Genesis 16: 1-4, 15-16)?
  3. What is the distinction that Paul makes between Isaac and Ishmael (Romans 9: 8-9)?
  4. Why do you think Paul uses the reference to Isaac and Rebecca (Romans 9: 10-11)?
  5. How did God’s declaration change what would have been the normal expectation
    for the two boys (Romans 9: 12-13)?

Read Romans 9: 14-21

  1. How does Paul address the apparent inconsistency of God (verses 14-15)?
  2. What does Paul say ultimately controls what happens in our lives (verses 16-18)?
  3. How do the questions Paul poses reflect how we think of God (verse 19)?
  4. Why is it quite foolish to question God about how He made each of us (verses 20-21)?

Read Jeremiah 18:1-6, 11-12

  1. What had God promised Jeremiah would happen if he visited the potter (verses 1-2)?
  2. What did Jeremiah observe as he watched the potter work (verses 3-4)?
  3. How do our lives reflect what God said about Israel (verses 5-6)?
  4. What did God tell Israel to do based on what was going to happen (verse 11)?
  5. What did the people decide to do instead of turning to God (verse 12)?

Application Questions:

  1. What would it take for you to yield your expectations of the future totally to God?
  2. When might you share this exciting aspect of your faith with someone this week?

Father, help us to remember that we are the clay in Your hands and as a loving Potter, You know the end from the beginning of all of our lives in Christ Jesus.

Talk and Pray

Talk with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, using the questions on the back.
Pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.

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