Epic – Part 1: A Pathway No One Knows Is There

Epic – Part 1: A Pathway No One Knows Is There

A Pathway No One Knows Is There
Epic – Part 1
March 6-7, 2021
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6 (p.926)

  • Faith Sees Obstacles As Opportunities.

“But Moses told the people, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.’” Exodus 14:13–14 (p.54)

Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6 (p.823)

1. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid” (Exodus 14:13)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (p.914)

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 (p.863)

2. Stand still and watch. stand still and watch” (Exodus 14:13)

“‘Be still, and know that I am God!’” Psalm 46:10 (p.434)

“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 (p.898)

3. Just stay calm. Just stay calm” (Exodus 14:14)

”For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 (p.717)

“Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters— a pathway no one knew was there!” Psalm 77:19 (p.448)

Next Step _____  This week, as I face obstacles, I will pray: “God give me the faith to see the opportunities in this situation. Protect my faith from fear. Help me to be still and trust you and keep my spirit and heart calm. In Jesus name, amen.”

Discussion/Groups Guide from the Weekend TalkFrom the Weekend Talk of March 6-7, 2021
Epic – Part 1: A Pathway No One Knows Is There

Lif­e Groups use these questions to go deeper into what we talked about this weekend. Dig into them so you will be ready for the discussion at your Life Group. If you are not in a Group, find out more at www.alivechurch.com/groups

You can also use this guide to discuss the Talk with your family or friends.

Conversation Starters

  • Have you ever played on a team—or been the fan of a team—that faced incredibly difficult odds against winning, but somehow managed to pull out the victory anyway? When?
  • Have you ever faced an obstacle that seemed insurmountable? What did you do?
  • Have you ever seen an “obstacle” turn into an “opportunity?”

Qui­­ck Review

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

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and related Bible verses from this Weekend’s Talk Notes.

The Talk encouraged us to remember ONE main thing this week: “Faith Sees Obstacles as Opportunities.”

  • Read Hebrews 11:6 (p.926); Exodus 14:13-14 (p.54) and John 14:6 (p.821)
    • Why is faith necessary to please God? What components of faith are mentioned in Hebrews 11:6?
    • How did Moses encourage the Israelites?
      • What would you have thought if you were there and your leader was telling you this huge army chasing after you would “never be seen again”?
      • Why is John 14:6 important to our discussion today?

IN the Talk we were given three basic elements to seeing life’s obstacles as opportunities:

  1. Don’t be afraid. (Exodus 14:10-13a (p.54); 2 Timothy 1:7 (p.912); Romans 8:28 (p.863))
  • When you were a kid and your mom or dad told you to “not be afraid,” did it help you to not be afraid? Why or why not?
    • How much of your ability to not be afraid was tied up in your trust of the one giving you the advice?
      • How do you remember this fact?
    • What kinds of fears do people face?
      • Instead of a spirit of fear, what has God given us?
    • Read 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 (p.882).
      • What can we learn from Paul’s experience detailed here?
      • Paul speaks of fearing for his life.  But what did he do when faced with that fear?
    • How is Romans 8:28 relevant to our instruction to not be afraid?
  1. Stand still and watch.  (Exodus 14:13b (p.54); Psalm 46:10 (p.434) and Ephesians 6:10 (p.898))
    • How do you “stand still” when chaos is all around (Exodus 14:13b)?
    • Trying to “do” something on your own and not “stand still” is a very real temptation.
      • Read 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (p.876).
        • What does Paul say about temptation? Been there? Since we were little kids and first realized what was in that jar on the counter. Cookies!
        • How do you resist?
        • When have you had to endure temptation?
        • We are promised a way out. Talk about your experience with this. In context to whom Paul is writing—the Corinthians church—it is interesting to remember that part of that church’s problem was that many of them were not looking for a way OUT through endurance, but rather a way IN through indulgence.
          • What are things we sometimes do to “indulge” rather than “endure” a temptation?
          • How does Paul’s lesson learned in 1 Corinthians 1:8-10, which we read above, help in times of temptation?
  2. Just stay calm.  (Exodus 14:14 (p.54); Zephaniah 3:17 (p.717); Psalm 77:19 (p.448))
    • Why did Moses tell the people to stay calm in Exodus 14:14? What was about to happen?
    • Read Zephaniah together as a group. It is a beautiful statement of how much God loves us.
      • Identify the different statements about God and actions by God that are described here. Which of them resonate with where you are in your life right now?
    • Psalm 77:19 speaks of a “pathway no one knew was there.”
    • When have you discovered that God was leading you along a pathway that seemed to be non-existent before you began walking on it?

Digging Deeper

Another Bible passage that addresses the issue of trials and testing and faith is in James 1:2-4, 12-16 (p.930) Read this passage and then work through these points:

  • What do trials bring? Have your experienced this?
    • What happens when our faith grows?
    • What does God do for those who patiently endure testing?
    • From where do temptations come?
    • Think about this: temptations come from the inside. Testing comes from the outside. Think about the differences between the two. Name some examples of when you have faced temptation and when have faced testing.

Next Step

Next Step _____  This week as I face obstacles I will pray: “God give me the faith to see the opportunities in this situation. Protect my faith from fear. Help me to be still and trust you and keep my spirit and heart calm. In Jesus name, amen.”

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What’s Ahead

  • Our “Epic” Series continues this weekend for Part 2, “A Pathway No One Knows Is There.

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