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Sermon Audio: How Big Is Your God?

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Sunday, October 02, 2022

How Big Is Your God?

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

The words “I have learned the secret of being content…” were written by a man who had been shipwrecked… beaten… imprisoned… stoned… and more.

But rather than be discontent in his circumstances, Paul kept his focus on his Savior, knowing that no matter how big the trials he faced, his God was bigger.

It’s a given that you’re going to go through hard times… the question is, “How Big Is Your God?”

Fill-in Notes

Key Scripture

Philippians 4:11–13

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group, or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. Read Philippians 3:10. Is knowing God the primary goal in your life? How can you as group members encourage one another to pursue this as your ultimate desire?
  2. First, read 2 Corinthians 11:23–27 with your group. Then read Philippians 4:11–13. Based on what we read in these passages, trusting in the Lord doesn’t mean that we won’t face trials in our lives. Instead, like Paul’s circumstances show us, God can provide contentment even amid the trials. Share with your group some of the major difficulties that you’ve faced in your own life. Has God been your source of contentment in those times? Has it been a battle between contentment and fear? Why is that?
  3. Go back and look at the section of your notes titled “Questions to Ask Yourself.” Do you identify specifically with any of these questions in particular? Is there another area you can think of that has you in a chokehold? How can you let go of that today to fully rely on Him in all areas of your life?
  4. One of Paul’s secrets to contentment was becoming independent of life’s difficulties by becoming dependent upon the Giver of life. Reflect on your life and share what becoming dependent on Jesus looks like for you. Is there anything or anyone that keeps you from surrendering completely to Him? If so, how can your life group support you in overcoming this?
  5. Do you truly believe that God identifies with your needs, or do you think that He can’t possibly know what it’s like to go through your specific set of challenges? If the latter, how does this affect your trust in Him? Read Isaiah 53:3–4. How do these verses speak to this issue?
  6. Have you ever been discouraged by a particularly long or extremely difficult trial in your own life despite your trust and obedience? Were you still able to see God work even during that time? How can we continue to trust and be content even when we are beyond tired and downtrodden?

Accountability

  • Where are you reading in the Bible this week? What has God been revealing to you through your quiet time with Him?
  • Discuss any struggles you may be going through with your group.
  • How can you be praying for your group this week? How can they be praying for you?

 


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Scripture Reference

Philippians

Tags

Big God, Content, Contentment