Getting to Know You
What did you find interesting, encouraging, or challenging about the lesson on Sunday?
If you could be assured of having one style of food provided for you for free for the rest of your life, which cuisine would you pick?
In Christ we’re assured of much better things than food! We’re promised the forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the hope of eternal life with God in heaven. Please read the following passages about God’s promises.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (NCV)
3 Jesus has the power of God, by which he has given us everything we need to live and to serve God. We have these things because we know him. Jesus called us by his glory and goodness. 4 Through these he gave us the very great and precious promises. With these gifts you can share in God’s nature, and the world will not ruin you with its evil desires.
Isaiah 40:29-31 (NIV)
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Romans 8:38-41 (NLT)
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Which promises did you find most assuring or encouraging? Why?
It’s good to be comforted in heart by God’s great and precious promises! We need to feel confident or else we’ll just live in constant fear. That being said, we also need to have more than mere feelings to be assured.
The main point from Sunday’s teaching was that assurance may be felt in the heart, but it must be known in the mind. That is, we need assurances that are biblically based and that are true. We need a reasonable defense when our hearts are not confident.
Please take some time to review your “biblical defense” for your salvation.
(In family group, there won’t be time for everyone to share everything, but please give preference to anyone who is uncertain about their salvation).
1. What have you heard is the good news about Jesus Christ (Ro.10:14)?
2. In your own words, please write what it means to believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior (Acts 2:36).
3. What changed about you as you repented towards God? (Matthew 3:8) What is continuing to change and mature about you?
4. For what reason were you baptized? (Col.2:11-12)
5. What are you doing to love God? Your neighbor? Your enemy? (Matthew 22:37-39)
Bringing it Home
What would you like to apply from this week’s study?
Is there anyone in your life who could benefit from hearing this message? Please write down the first 3-5 names that come to mind and pray for them. Pray for them when you’re and pray for them together with your family group!