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1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

Summary

What does God’s presence feel like? What does it mean when someone says, “I felt God’s presence this week in a special way.” Some hear that and don’t understand that while others wonder if they are doing something wrong. The fact is you are never alone. God promised to never leave you nor forsake you. It may seem like you cannot sense His presence. But he said in Romans 8 “he will never leave of forsake us”. The fact is you are loved and he desires to spend time with you. All you have to do is allow him in by creating the opportunity.

Focus

The topic of Bill’s message was “Practicing His Presence”. This week we’ll explore what that means and how we can experience it even in the mundane activities of life. 

Discussion Questions

 

1) What is one thing you took away from this weekend’s study? 
2) Have you experienced times when God’s presence was overwhelmingly evident? Tell the group about it. 
3) Have you ever been surprised by God’s presence? Has He ever “shown up” when you didn’t expect him? Explain.
4) How would you describe what it means to live in the presence of God 
5) As Christians, we can be motivated by where we will go when we die, or by living in the presence of God in the present. What should we be more motivated by? What would our lives look like if that were our motivation?
6) How can you experience the presence of God at work, in school, doing yard work, brushing your teeth, or doing laundry 
7) Why is it often easier to see God in the “religious things” rather than in the everyday things?
8) Why do we have difficulty understanding God desires to be with us? 

Conclusion

As you conclude today’s discussion, take a few moments to pray. I would encourage you to pray in two segments. First, pray specifically that you experience his presence and secondly ask, group members to share concerns and pray for each other.