Questions week beginning January 13th

This week’s sermon on Sunday 13th talked of us feeling that sometimes ‘life is unfair’. These are some questions you may like to discuss in your group or consider individually following the sermon:
 
1. Read Job 1:1-5. How was Job living and what did he appear to value?
2. In Job 1:8 God says ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
Consider how you think God might describe you to others?
3. Consider the verse Job 1:10…. ‘Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’
Think about times in your life when it has been difficult to accept hardship. How has your faith helped you in these times?
4. Read Matthew 8:23-27. The storms of life are many and varied. Job, Abraham and Jesus himself faced great times of difficulty and suffering in their lives. What can we learn from their examples?
5. What are the things that are helpful, what is useful when we are in a storm? What things are unhelpful? How can we help others go through the storms of life?
6. The disciples panicked in the boat, cried out to Jesus who was sleeping. They were overtaken by doubt and fear. In verse 26 Jesus questioned their faith…’ you of little faith, why are you so afraid?’
What is it that causes you to doubt that God is at work in your life every day?
How easy is it to accept that God is always at work in our lives, that he never leaves us nor forsakes us and that there is nowhere we can go to get away from him (Psalm 139:1-18).
7. God requires us to place him as the number one priority in our life as we try to love him and obey him whatever the cost. Think of those you have heard of who have been persecuted or suffered for their faith.
Spend time praying for persecuted Christians all over the world.