Genesis 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good”
Church Vision Statement
We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and connection to a family who cares.
- Have you had a situation in your life where someone did evil against you, even if it took years as in the case of Joseph, but you were able to see how God worked it out for your good?
- This might be a question you want to ask later in the conversation after people get warmed up because someone might open up about something really bad that happened in their past. Be careful not to sit there looking confused or be silent. Say things like, “I am sorry that happened to you” or “I could not imagine someone having to go through that.”
- Follow up asking how God has used that in their lives.
- If you were in Joseph’s shoes, do you think you would have responded as well as he did after being sold to Potipher? Do you think you would sulk or would you be able to work as unto the Lord?
- My only hope for not being a completely broken person would be the Holy Spirit working in spite of my weakness. Some people have naturally positive demeanors and could, like Paul, be content in every situation.
- Imagine you were put in prison for a sex crime that you did not commit. Do you think you could serve the prison that was imprisoning you as to the Lord or do you think you would be mad at God and your circumstances?
- This feels like a repetitive question, but the idea I want to press in is whether you could stay positive and trust God with one really bad thing after another. I know sometimes when someone is just kind of a jerk to me it sends me in a sin-ward tailspin.
- What does it mean to trust God?
- How do you know if you are trusting God with your words? What does it look like to trust God in a moment of crisis?
- Have you ever had to trust God with something for a prolonged period of time for deliverance? What were your biggest obstacles in trusting God?
- We all want immediate fixes. God does not promise any immediate fixes except for in death. When God does not fix it fast we struggle to believe that God is in control of that situation or we, like Job, start preaching to ourselves of how God is unjust in allowing our suffering.
- Do you feel like the pandemic is outside of God’s control or ability?
- Can you see God’s providence in your life among all the tragedies in our country?
- Not being able to see through to the end of the pandemic, what are the things you feel are the hardest to trust God with?