At The Movies – Part 1: Patience

At The Movies – Part 1: Patience

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At The Movies – Part 1
June 18-19, 2022

Nehemiah 9
2 Peter 3:9

Series Memory Verse: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22–23 (p.893)

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9 (p.939)

  • I Am Motivated To Live In Patience.

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 (p.901)

  1. Practice active patience with everyone.

“Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.”
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (p.907)

  1. Let Jesus use me and my story.

“This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:15-16 (p.910)

  1. Surrender to God’s leading.

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. ‘Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.’” John 15:4-5 (p.824)

“We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.” 2 Corinthians 6:6 (p.873)

“And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him…”
2 Peter 3:15 (p.939)

My Next Step This Week:

___ I recognize that _________________ often tempts me to be impatient. When I face this, I will ask God to help me live in His patience instead.

Discussion/Groups Guide At The Movies – Part 1Patience”

Life Groups use this guide in their discussion from the Weekend Talk. This is also a discussion guide you can use with your family and friends.

Conversation Starters

  • “Lord, help me be patient, RIGHT NOW!” Have you ever felt that way?
  • Why do we often, as Christians, struggle with patience? What makes you get impatient?
  • How would you describe patience to a small child?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Our One Thing: I Am Motivated To Live In Patience.

  • See Colossians 3:12 (p.901) and Romans 2:4 (p.858)

Series Memory Verse: Galatians 5:22–23 (p.893)

  • See also Galatians 5:19-20 (p.893) for a stark contrast to what the Holy Spirit produces in the life of a Follower of Jesus.

One Voice Bible Story Background: Nehemiah 9:29-30 (p.378)

  • Does this passage from Nehemiah 9 sound familiar? Can you think of any similar modern examples? What does it say about God’s patience?
  • Read 2 Peter 3:3-4a, 9 (p.939). How do you see God’s patient love in 2 Peter 3?

This week our discussion focuses on three actions to live in patience:

  1. Practice active patience with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (p.907); Nehemiah 9:29a (p.378)
    • What does “active patience” mean to you?
    • How was God actively patient in Nehemiah’s description in Nehemiah 9? (You might want to read more of Nehemiah 9 to see the long list of disobedience God patiently endured by His people.) Did God’s patience have a limit?
    • Is there a pattern to what makes you impatient? Anger? Blocked goals? Waiting? What is your part? How can prayer help to break the pattern?
  2.  Let Jesus use me and my story. 1 Timothy 1:15-18 (p.910)
    • What does Paul say about himself in this passage? Does this give you encouragement for yourself? How does this affect how you handle failures?
    • God used the Israelites, even in their disobedience. He used Paul, even though he was far from perfect. He will use you, too! Talk about this fact.
    • How has God used your story—even the ugly parts—to bring glory to Himself?
  3. Surrender to God’s leading. John 15:5 (p.824); 2 Corinthians 5:3-6 (p.873); 2 Peter 3:15 (p.939)
    • How hard is it to surrender? Our culture doesn’t really value surrendering. When have you surrendered and realized a victory because of it?
    • Paul says patience is one of the things that “prove” we are true ministers of God. Have you ever thought of patience as being something that will help you represent Jesus?
    • Some say don’t pray for patience. Why not? You’re going to face situations anyway. Why not ask for God’s power and guidance!

Digging Deeper

  • What techniques, if any, do you have which help you actively practice patience?  
  • The need for patience shows up in different contexts: such as the patience to allow investments to grow; the patience to raise kids; or patience in standing against the pushback we get from our enemy and the world (the kind of patience Paul speaks of in Galatians 5:22-23).
    • Jot down some notes for each kind of patience you have experienced. How are they similar or different?
  • Look at the story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 15 – 18 & 21(p.12-13 & 16). God made a covenant with Abram that he would have a son. Rather than rest on God’s promise, Abraham and Sarah decided to help God out with some interesting consequences. How and why should Abraham and Sarah have acted differently? How do you think you would have handled it? Are there lessons for us here today?
  • Now compare Abraham and Sarah’s reaction to God’s promise with David’s reaction to God’s promise in 1 Chronicles 17:4-26 (p.322 and 1 Chronicles 29:1-5 (p331). 
    • What lessons can we learn from David’s attitude to the news he was not going to build God’s house?
    • What did God promise David (1 Chronicles 17:10)? This is a prophecy of Jesus, the King of Kings!

My Next Step This Week:

___ I recognize that _________________ often tempts me to be impatient. When I face this, I will ask God to help me live in His patience instead.

Life Transformation Bible Daily Reading this Week: Patience (p.A58-59)

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