Our faith grows and we gain eternal perspective when we lay our doubts before the Lord in His House.
What simple thing in life did you doubt you could do but ultimately were successful? (Making pie crust? Running a marathon? Changing your own oil?)
This weekend Pastor Chris continued in our series, Bullet Proof, with the sermon entitled “Deal with It”. He conceded that a 3 week sermon series will not remove all doubts, but at Faith Promise we know the best place to deal with doubts is in the church, a safe place to ask the hard questions. We know the Lord is not worried or threatened by our questions. We must ask them so that our spiritual growth is not impeded. For Christ followers, life is “heaven practice”. We must keep our eyes laser focused on Him and His Kingdom and not on the things of this world. A heavenly focus dispels doubt. When we do encounter someone who is doubting, we must extend mercy to them (Jude 22). Remember, before we were saved, we were safe from the enemies attack. We are not any longer. His focus is to kill, steal and destroy. We are on God’s Team; we should expect trials and attacks. The devil dispenses doubt. It is one of his best tools. But Christ followers must have an eternal focus. The best way to deal with doubt is to bring them to God, get planted in His House, be in His Word daily, and be in a small group. This is the formula for becoming bulletproof!
Read Philippians 3:18-20.
1. On what did Paul tell us our mind needs to focused?
2. Share with your group what that means practically to you. How can you apply this to a situation that you are currently experiencing?
Read Jude 22.
3. How is the believer supposed to react to a person who is doubting?
4. How can you help a person who has questions?
Read Psalm 73:1.
5. How does the psalmist begin?
Read Psalm 73:2-14.
6. In these verses, the psalmist admits his doubts and struggles with what he sees and feels. In what ways is doubting different from unbelief?
7. Share with your group if you have experienced the similar struggles to what the psalmist is describing.
8. Is the psalmist’s conclusion in verse 13 correct? Why or why not?
Read Psalm 73:15-28.
9. Asaph worried about how his conclusion would affect younger believers (aha!), and took some strategic steps to correct his thinking. What did he do?
10. What can you find in a the House of God that is not on offer elsewhere?
11. Has your perspective ever changed regarding a personal trial after you have been to a worship service at church? Please share with your group.
Read Psalm 92:12-14.
12. If you have been at Faith Promise for more than 6 months, does this verse look familiar to you?