This week's message dealt with understanding the nature of storms in our lives. Pastor Joe used the story of Job to describe the different levels of storms. He purposely did not mention the plan of God and Satan's role in Job's trials. Just like so many of us, we don't always know why the storms are coming one behind the other but there are two things we all must do before the storms come.
Part one: When we go through storms in our lives we look for explanations that make sense. The fact is spiritual storms are similar to natural tornadoes, in that the severity differs. Category 1 and 2 are the smaller weaker storms and Category 3 through 5 are the strongest storms.
Read James 1:2-4
1. What is the purpose of trials (storms) in the lives of Christians?
2. How do trials mold and mature us?
3. What does it mean to "become more like Christ?"
4. Discuss with the group some of the lessons you have learned through tough times.
Read James 1:5-6
1. James says there are times when we are unable to see the good in trials. According to these two verses, we should pray for wisdom, why?
2. Sometimes we suffer and go through things because of our own actions. Explain how God can still use our consequences to mold us?
Part two: Pastor Joe talked from the story of Job. Job was a man who loved God, lived right, and prayed everyday. Yet Job experienced some storms that mentally he would never be able handle without God's grace and strength. The key to handling storms is to PREPARE FOR THEM. The fact is, storms will come. So we must prepare for them.
Read Proverbs 3:5; Isaiah 26:4
1. Explain how "complete trust" in God can help you in the storms of life.
2. Do you believe God can warn you about upcoming storms? Explain your answer.
Read John 16:13
3. What spiritual advise or encouragement would you give to someone who is in a
storm, based on your own experience?
Make a concerted effort to pray for those who you know, that are in a storm. Also, encourage them by calling, sending a text or a card. In your next meeting, let the group know you completed the assignment.