Main Idea: God’s Hand is outstretched and ready to touch you, right where you are.
Introduction: Through God’s hand, His favor is a force already at work. He’s ready to touch, heal, restore, and bring favor to every footstep in your walk, your family, and your ministry.
Discussion Starter: What is the number one distraction in your life?
Primary Scriptures: Psalm 90:17, Psalm 138:7-8, 1 Peter 2:9-10 & 11-12, Matthew 28:19-20
- There are 2 primary reasons we don’t take God’s outstretched hand: our hands are either, doing something that has taken God’s place, or they are in our pockets doing nothing. Which do you lean more heavily toward, busy/distracted or complacent? If you’re busy and distracted, what’s one thing you can stop doing in order to take God’s hand? If your hands are in your pockets and complacent, pray and seek God’s hand for where He should guide you.
- Pastor Chris showed us 3 ways that Christ-followers can reach out and take God’s hand: held up in surrender, together in prayer, and extended out in service. What does it look like to surrender? How regular is your prayer life? When was the last time you served others? Search God’s Word for these 3 areas to align yourself with His calling for you.
- Read Psalm 138:7-8. Discuss God’s role and activity in this scripture. How can this scripture comfort you?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Peter 2:9 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Engaging at Faith Promise: This weekend, Pastor Chris challenged us with the thought that, if we feel like God’s calling on our lives feels just out of reach, “have you stopped serving others?” If this is you, what is one thing you can do this week to serve someone?
Engaging in Community and the World: The hands or Christ-followers should be surrendered, prayerful, and serving. How can you and your group pursue God and meet our community and world in these 3 ways?