Series: Getting Through What You Are Going Through
Title: Part 1
Date: August 13-14, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
For the creation was subjected to frustration, Romans 8:20a (NIV)
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait…Romans 8:22- 23a (ESV)
Things are not as they should be!
Tempted to ask, “Does God care about what is happening to me?”
The deeper questions, “Is God good?”
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
It is very difficult for us to determine what is good or what is bad for us. So how do we make sense of all this?
What we learn from the Olympics… Gold is better than Silver, Silver is better than Bronze, and Bronze is better than no medal.
Research finds that Gold and Bronze metal winners are very happy and content, but Silver medalist is the most discontent person on the stand. Silver medalists thinks, “I almost had a gold, but now I don’t.”
Your circumstances can cause you to completely lose PERSPECTIVE!
Life is not so much about what happens to us, as it is about how we respond and what we choose to do next.
How you respond and what you choose to do next will probably be based on what you think just happened.
· What do you think the difference is between people who go through difficult times and come out on the other side doing better or doing worse?
· Read Romans 8:18-30
· In you own words, how does Paul describe the current reality of the world and our lives?
· Are you ever tempted to ask, “Does God care about what is happening to me?” If so, what does that look like for you?
· When you think about the challenges of life, how do you reconcile that with what Paul states in Romans 8:28?
· Phil stated, “Your circumstances can cause you to completely lose PERSPECTIVE!” Where have you seen this to be true in your life?
· If life is not so much about what happens to us, as it is about how we respond and what we choose to do next, how should that shape our thinking and our perspective?
· What helps you to keep your eyes focused on Jesus and your perspective open to him during challenging times?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?