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Two more weeks of Community Groups before Summer Break. Thanks for all you have done to make this a great season for groups! I encourage you to send out the questions ahead of time for these next two weeks, and see if it helps jump start your conversations.
Staying Afloat: Part 2 - The Wait
Genesis 6:22; Hebrews 11:6-7
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Topics: ( Not to be read in group.. this is for your review and recollection )
- The situation in Noah’s day had gotten so bad that God was sorry for having made man in the first place. Man was so violent and evil that they were destroying themselves.
- Noah, however, was different and found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
- God gives Noah instructions to build an Ark for the saving of him and his household. The ark would have measured around 450 ft long by 75 ft wide and 45 feet tall. This would have been the largest vessel built at that point in history and would have required incredible amounts of planning, preparing, and building.
- Based on estimates using the dates given in Genesis it could have taken anywhere from 10 - 70 years to build the Ark. And even if it took just 10 years, that would have meant Noah and his family waited with a completed ark for decades before the promised flood actually came.
- The Bible describes Noah’s hard labor in building the ark with one verse: “Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.”
- Noah spent years waiting for God to do what he said he would do, and he never quit.
- Hebrews 11 gives us details about Noah’s faith that led him to continue building the ark.
- Hebrews 11:6 gives 2 essential elements of faith that pleases God 1) you must believe he exists and 2) that he rewards those who seek him.
- We can believe God exists and still doubt God. One of our greatest challenges as Christians is believing God is a rewarder of those who seek him.
- Hebrews 12:1-2 serve as a call to keep running the race while fixing our eyes on Jesus.
- When our eyes are fixed on Jesus, everything we see gets filtered through Him. When our eyes are fixed on what is or isn’t happening around us, we begin to doubt God’s love, wisdom, and purpose.
AND NOW.... THE QUESTIONS...
HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
- ICEBREAKER: Can you think of a time where your lack of patience was really put on display?
- READ: Genesis 6:11-22
- What attributes of God’s character do you see in the flood narrative?
- What do you think would have been the most difficult part of building such a massive ark during that time period?
- What about the most mentally challenging part of building the ark?
- What are some of the ways that seasons of waiting begin to cause doubt?
- Read Hebrews 11:6-7
- What do you struggle with more, believing in God’s existence, or believing that he’s a rewarder of those who seek him? Why?
- How can we move from a mental understanding of God’s existence, to believing in our hearts that He is a rewarder of those who seek him?
- What are some examples of when convenience for us doesn’t line up with obedience to God?
- Read Hebrews 12:1-2
- How can fixing our eyes on Jesus help us view our seasons of waiting through the right lens?
- What are some of the things that you’re waiting for and what might God be teaching you through the wait?