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Thriving in Babylon – Week 3

Life Group Questions:

  • Josh said that he loves to ask people to describe themselves in one or two words. How would you describe yourself that way?
  • What does it look like to thrive in a place that seems so opposite to the ways of God?
  • Do you believe God is for you in your daily life? In your marriage? Your career? Your school work? Your relationships? Your leadership? Your life
  • How do we have the kind of hope that Daniel had, that Shadrack, Meshack, and Abendego had? How do we have that kind of hope that wells up courage within us to do the right thing?
  • Josh said that when trials come, Christianity usually emphasizes one of two responses. Which one do you usually fall into? (overwhelming fear or escapism)
  • Do you believe that He is who He says he is? That you are who He says you are? What area of your life do you need to hand over to Him?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

1.  Because God is for me, victory is certain.

 

2.  Future victory does not eliminate present suffering.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? Romans 8:35

33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? Hebrews 12:7

12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12

3.  Because I am a conqueror, I can face opposition with unwavering hope.

37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.. Romans 8:37

19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.  Hebrews 6:19

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