Community Groups Week of Sept. 17th

Community Groups Week of Sept. 17th

Announcements:

* "Women's Ministry" - Come join us for our Women's Ministry Kick-Off this WEDNESDAY (20th) @ 7pm in the main auditorium. Rebecca Barnes will be teaching, there will be live worship and a great time connecting with others.

* Next Steps Class - Our Next Steps class is this Sunday (24th) @ 12noon in the multipurpose room. This class is for anyone who wants to learn more about West Pines and how the can grow as disciples by serving and getting connected!

Very Important: Please view the Leader video below for week #1:

 

Main Text:   Daniel 3

Sermon Title:  "But If Not"

SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...

(Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!)

HIGH/LOW:  What was the high point of your week and the low point?

Please read:  Daniel 3

  • What did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego declare as a faithful witness to the Lord? (Leader: see vs. 17-18)

  • What was Nebuchadnezzar's question in verse 15? How was it answered?  (Leader: see vs. 28)

  • How is your faith displayed in times of suffering? Why is that important? 

  • How do the words of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel ch. 3 echo/ parallel Joshua's declaration to God's people in Joshua 24:15?  

  • Notice how the masses bowed down to the idol. These 3 men were not the only Jews in Babylon, so presumably, there were Jews who bowed down. Where do you see Christians today bowing down to the "idols" of the world? Are there areas in your own life where this is true?

  • How do we respond to a non-believer who says disasters like a hurricane show that God is either not all-powerful (in that He cannot stop it) or not good (in that He allows it to happen)?

  • Anyone can thank God on the good days. How can you surrender to His will and thank Him for the bad days?        (Leader: think about trusting God during the worst times...)

  • "Choose this day whom you will serve...But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15) What does that command mean to you today? What are our options in who we serve?

Closing Thought:

Earthly trials are temporary, but the reasons for them are eternal. God uses trials to grow faith and to show people their need for Him. In that light, the idea of good and bad outcomes for a situation becomes blurred. When we are surrendered to the will of God, and when trials produce salvation, then we can view every outcome as good - in the eternal, supernatural sense. From God's perspective, our struggles produce some things: faith, steadfastness, and dependence upon Him. 


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