Patriarchs

Genesis 35:1-15 - Deal With Sin in Your Life

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?

  3. When God spoke to Jacob, he responded by putting away all of the foreign gods (idols) that were in his household.
    a. What are some culturally accepted “idols”? (ie. work, leisure...)
    b. How would a believer recognize idols in his own life?
    c. What are some idols that you could see your own heart being drawn towards? How can you guard against this?

  4. In verse 5 we see God’s protection over Jacob. When was a time in your life when you recognized God’s protection over you?

  5. In verses 9-15 God reiterates to Jacob (Israel) the promises He’d already spoken to him and to his father and grandfather. What is a lesson that God has had to remind you of at various times throughout your life?

  6. Take time to pray for yourself and for others at GCC, that we would rid ourselves of anything that acts as an idol in our lives and to ask God to protect us from anything that might hinder our spiritual journeys.

Genesis 32:22-32 - Brokenness is the Path to Blessing

Application Questions

  1. Since it’s our Community Group kick-off week, pick one (or two or three!) of the following questions to share with your group to get to know each other a bit better:
     
    1. What are you reading right now, outside the Bible? What is your opinion of it?
    2. Do you have any vacation plans this summer?
    3. How has God encouraged you recently in your life?
    4. What’s one of the biggest stressors in your life right now? 
      How has God shown His faithfulness to you?
       
  2. What have you been reading in your Bible recently? What has been meaningful from this?
     
  3. What was a main take-away from the sermon that you found particularly helpful/convicting/encouraging?
     
  4. Have you ever felt you have “wrestled with God,” perhaps with understanding a certain Biblical truth, or in your prayer life?  What happened? What was the outcome of this “wresting”?
     
  5. The Lord humbled Jacob by touching his hip and making him limp. Have you had a situation or season in your life where you sensed the Lord taught you about humility? Share how the Lord used this situation in your life.
     
  6. Jacob says in verse 30 of Genesis chapter 32, “I have come face to face with God.” In what situation in your life have you sensed the Lord revealed himself to you in a more distinct way? 

Genesis 28:10-22 - God Comforts us in Our Darkest Moments

Application Questions

 

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Read Psalm 119:50,52.  Think of a time when you were going through a dark or difficult time in your life. How did God’s Word point you to the comforting presence of the Lord? What Scripture passages have been particularly meaningful to you during those times?
     
  4. What “memorials” have you established in your life to remind you of God’s faithfulness? How do your “offerings” to God reflect your reverent awe of God’s work in your life? 
     
  5. Think of someone you know who may be going through a dark or difficult time. What is something you could do this week to offer them encouragement or comfort?
     
  6. Take time to pray for yourself and for others at GCC, that we would find our hope in the promises of God and draw near to Him in difficult times.

Genesis 26:1-16 - Cling to God's Promises in Perilous Times

Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. In Genesis 26:1-6 Isaac faced the reality of starvation due to a famine in the land. Yet, God commanded Isaac to stay in the land and trust His promises. When have you faced desperate circumstances in your life and how has God used the promises in His Word to sustain you? 
     
  4. In Genesis 26:5 God used Isaac’s father’s obedience to God as an example of His commitment to God’s promises. In the New Testament what reveals our commitment to God and His Word? (See John 14:15; James 2:17)
     
  5. Isaac lied about his wife because he was afraid of what others would do to him. What are some other situations where a fear of others might tempt someone to lie? How does a proper fear of God help guard against such temptations? (See Galatians 1:10; Psalm 118:6)
     
  6. Take time to pray for yourself and for others at GCC, that we would fear God instead of fearing others, and that we would be faithful to trust God’s wisdom and timing in difficult situations instead of relying on our own wisdom or cleverness.

Genesis 25:19-34 - God’s Divine Reversal

Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Read Genesis 25:21-22. When was a time when you asked God, “Why is this happening to me?” What was something God taught you in that situation?
     
  4. What does Genesis 25:23 tell you about God, His purposes, His attributes, and His character?
     
  5. What are some evidences that Esau is more concerned about worldly things than about spiritual things? (See Genesis 25:29-34) Are there areas in your life where this may be true of you?
     
  6. What are some practical steps you can take to guard against making rash or emotionally-driven decisions and to grow in godly wisdom? How can your community group and other believers help in this?
     
  7. Take time to pray for yourself and for others at GCC, that we’d be a people who value spiritual things above earthly things, that by our actions or words we would not despise God’s blessings in our lives, and that we would be careful to seek godly wisdom when making decisions instead of acting rashly. 

Genesis 22:1-19 - The Father Who Gave His Son

Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Have you ever had a circumstance in which you felt like the Lord was asking you to sacrifice an “Isaac” in your life?
     
  4. In being willing to sacrifice his son, Abraham demonstrated a desire not to withhold even the things most dear to him. How does this idea of “not withholding” anything from God encourage and/or challenge you?
     
  5. Is there a certain situation in your life that is causing you to feel like you’re sacrificing for the Lord? How can your community group, your friends, your church help and encourage you in this situation?
     
  6. In what areas of your life can Abraham’s example of faith encourage you?
     
  7. Abraham could trust the Lord for the specific promise of an heir. What promises of the Lord can encourage you right now? What promises of the Lord could encourage someone in a season of difficult trial?

Genesis 17:1-14 - The Sign of God’s Work in Your Life

Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 

  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Read Genesis 17:1-2. What command did God give Abram? What similar command are we given in 1 Peter 1:14-16? How does God describe Himself in each of those passages? How do those attributes about God give you assurance that His promises can be trusted?
     
  4. In Genesis 17 God gave circumcision as the sign of the Abrahamic Covenant. Today, God has given us baptism as the initiating sign of a person’s entrance into the New Covenant (Colossians 2:11-12). If you have been baptized, share your baptism story with others in your group. If not, then prayerfully consider what is keeping you from walking in obedience to Christ. (See Matthew 28:19-20)
     
  5. Read Deuteronomy 3:24. What are some of God’s mighty acts recorded in the Bible? What were some times that God showed himself to be mighty in your own life? 
     
  6. When was a situation when you had to wait for a long time for God to answer your prayer or provide according to His promises? What verses help you to trust in God and His timing?
     
  7. Take time to pray for each of the members in your community group by name, praying that God would grow their trust in His provision and timing, and then take time praising God for His power, faithfulness, goodness, and holiness.