What If? – Week 4

What If?
4 – I patiently waited on God
11/30/16 (HS)

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“If God is for us then who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:25

1.  Patiently waiting on God starts with managing your time

“As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.  But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.  But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

2.  Patiently waiting on God actively fights distractions

Be selective with your “yes”

“Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’…”  Matthew 5:37

The best leaders do not do more, the best leaders do more of what matters most.

Do first what matters most

Time with Jesus matters

“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3

Jesus said you “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and then everything else will be added to it.” Matthew 6:33

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

 Discussion Questions:

  1. Think about the pace of your life.  Do you tend to respond with the word “busy” a lot?  Why?
  2. Do you tend to prioritize well, or are you always responding to the urgent?  Why isn’t this a healthy way to live?
  3. What kind of priority does your faith have?  How are you keeping Christ first in your daily life but also in your involvement here at church?
  4. What are some practices you can put in place to grow your faith and make it a priority?
  5. How has this “What if?” series challenged you?  How can you apply what you’ve learned?