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Mark 8:34-35

Summary

Many experience an internal struggle with faith and trust. It all comes down to who you are going to rely upon? We like to be in control when we should totally surrender to God. We like things to be safe and comfortable. But Jesus never promised us a safe and comfortable life. We want to manage outcomes. But when we became a follower of Christ, we rendered control to Him. Two things things get in the way of us totally surrendering to Him are fear and pride. This week’s discussion will revolve about the issue of reliance. Because God desires us to be totally reliant upon him but that takes trust and faith

Discussion Questions

  1. What is something you learned in last weekend’s message?
  2. Read Proverbs 3:5-6
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
    • What does it mean to trust God?
    • What is the difference between passive trust and active trust?
  3. Give some examples of when you have trusted God and how you made the decision to trust him rather than lean on your own understanding and strength.
  4. What does it mean that God will “make you paths straight”? What are some actual examples?
  5. God continually lead the Israelites into situations over which they had no control.
    • What areas of your life feel out of control?
    • Where do you feel your control slipping?
    • How can you “lean” into that experience?
  6. Read Hebrews 11: 8
    “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”
    • Did God show Abraham what was in the land?
    • How can we have the faith to do what God wants us to even if we aren’t shown the final outcome?
    • What choices or changes do you need to make in order to be obedient to God?
  7. Following God is not safe. How has that statement played out in your life?