This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)
Today’s story wasn’t just about one couple who lived long ago. The apostle Paul quoted Genesis 15:6 in a letter to non-Jewish Christian converts in the province of Galatia (cf. Galatians 3:6-9). He said God blesses all who believe as Abraham did. In what ways have you learned to see your resilient journey of faith, not as an isolated, individual journey, but as part of a great procession of faithful people reaching back at least to Abraham?
Joseph’s brothers betrayed him. Joseph’s Egyptian master had little choice but to believe his wife’s charges (even if he didn’t believe her—cf. Genesis 39:11-19) and sent Joseph to prison. Yet Genesis said amid all the letdowns Joseph found a loyal friend: “The Lord was with Joseph and remained loyal to him.” How much do you trust that the Lord always remains loyal to you?
Paul and his friend Barnabas didn’t tell their converts (even in Lystra, where things had gotten especially violent), “Lay low, keep quiet about your faith and stay out of trouble.” Luke wrote that their message was, “If we are to enter God’s kingdom, we must pass through many troubles.” And they were echoing Jesus' message to his followers (cf. John 16:1-4, 31-33). How can it increase your resilience to know that difficulties are not unexpected, but part of the journey of faith?
Roman culture was not radically different from ours. “Monuments, civic buildings and other sites bore inscriptions praising wealthy donors; civic assemblies featured the voices of the powerful; public culture revolved around power. Boasting in weakness challenged the very values on which most boasts were founded— values antithetical to the good news of a crucified savior.”* What draws you to follow the good news of a crucified savior rather than the lure of power or wealth?
* Zondervan, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook (Kindle Locations 264575-264578). Kindle Edition.
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