Why Would A Good God Allow A World Like This?
I Have Questions – Part 4
June 13-14, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love & Pastor Steve Tanner
“The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7 (p.709)
- God Is Doing Something in Me.
“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)
- We live in a broken world.
“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” Romans 5:12 (p.860)
“For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Romans 8:22 (p.862)
- What should we do? Remember: “the Lord is good”
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 (p.860)
- Sin has consequences.
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23 (p.859)
- What should we do? Run To God: “a strong refuge when trouble comes”
“The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (p.493)
- We have an active enemy.
“Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (p.937)
- What should we do: Trust God. “He is close to those who trust in him.”
“And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.” Ephesians 1:10 (p.895)
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” James 1:2-3 (p.930)
Next Step: ____ This week I will memorize Nahum 1:7 and choose to lean into ONE of the three promises from that verse: “(1) The Lord is good, (2) a strong refuge when trouble comes. (3) He is close to those who trust in him.”
Discussion Guide from the Weekend Talk
From the Weekend Talk of June 13-14, 2020
I Have Questions – Why Would a Good God Allow a World Like This?
Use this Discussion Guide to dig deeper into the principles from the Weekend Talk. Our Life Groups will use them, but we encourage you to discuss them with your family, or over the phone or online with friends.
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- What words or actions from others have been the most helpful to you when facing a difficult situation?
- What is your typical first reaction when you face a challenge?
- Have you ever gone through a difficult situation that equipped you to help someone else?
- 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.
- This week Pastors Jeff Love and Steve Tanner highlighted One Thing to remember from this Talk: “God Is Doing Something In Me.”
- Read Nahum 1:7 (p.709*) and Romans 8:28 (p.863*).
- How would you describe God’s Goodness?
- What would you say is God’s purpose for you? Have you experienced “seasons” of God’s purpose where it might have changed or adjusted?
Jeff and Steve discussed Three Basic Realities of life and how we can respond to each of them using Nahum 1:7 as a guide:
- We live in a broken world. (Romans 5:12 (p.860*) Genesis 3 (p.4*) Romans 8:22 (p.862*))
- How does it make you feel when you realize we live in a broken world?
- What situations have you faced that could simply be attributed to this reality?
- What should we do? Remember: “the Lord is good” (Romans 5:6-11 (p.860*))
- In what ways does Paul describe us and our relationship with God?
- How can this passage speak to a person who is not yet a Follower of Jesus?
- Sin has consequences. (Romans 3:23 (p.859*))
- Why is this reality important to grasp?
- How do you react when a sin perpetrated against you doesn’t seem to have any negative consequences?
- What should we do? Run To God: “a strong refuge when trouble comes” (Proverbs 18:10 (p.493*))
- When have you “run to God?”
- What does it mean, practically, to “run to God?” What does it look like?
- We have an active enemy. (1 Peter 5:8 (p.937*))
- What can you do when the enemy is on the prowl? (You might want to take a look at Ephesians 6:10-17 (p.898*) and our recent Stand Firm Series.
- When are you most vulnerable to an attack by the enemy?
- What should we do? Trust God. “He is close to those who trust in him.” (Ephesians 1:9-10 (p.895*)
- How do you keep this statement from being trite? How do you make it real for your life?
- How can we support each other in this?
Read James 1:2-3 (p.930*)
- When have you faced a difficult trial that you could see God working through?
- Or maybe you had to get through the trial before you recognized God’s hand in it.
- When have you experienced God doing something in you?
Read Matthew 5:1-12 (p.735*) aloud together as a group.
- Why do you think Jesus wanted to preach this sermon?
- What value does it have for you? For us?
- Someone said the “Beatitudes” could be restated as the “Be Attitudes.”
- Which of them stands out most to you? Why?
My Next Step: ____ This week I will memorize Nahum 1:7 and choose to lean into ONE of the three promises from that verse: “(1) The Lord is good, (2) a strong refuge when trouble comes. (3) He is close to those who trust in him.”
- Which one of the three did you choose?
- Pray now for those in leadership in our country, state, community and church. Pray for unity and community in these unusual times. Pray that the people experiencing church online would also engage in deeper ways with Jesus and His Church. Pray for our re-entry process.
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