Trek – Part 1: What Makes God Trustworthy?

Trek – Part 1: What Makes God Trustworthy?

What Makes God Trustworthy?
Trek – Part 1
August 31-September 1, 2019
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love

Genesis 28:10-22

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (p.482)

“As he (Jacob) slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.Genesis 28:12 (p.23)

“’(Jesus)…I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.’” John 1:51 (p.810)


  • You Can Trust God No Matter What.
  1. God keeps His promises.

“At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac.’” Genesis 28:13 (p.23)

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10:23 (p.926)

  1. God is always with me.

“I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go…Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!’” Genesis 28:15-16 (p.23)

“’(Jesus)…And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” Matthew 28:20 (p.760)

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” John 14:1 (p.823)


My Next Step:

I will memorize and meditate on Proverbs 3:5-6 (p.482)

Life Groups Study Questions
Taking the Talk to Another Level
For the Week of September 1, 2019
Trek: An Adventure in Trust, Week 1
What Makes God Trustworthy?

This is a One Voice Talk Series, which means our kids and youth are also learning the same key Bible verses and main teaching points.

Life Groups use these questions to dig deeper into what we talked about this weekend as we do life together in relationships. If you’re not in a Group please come to the Groups Info Table in the lobby, or go to

Car Questions/Conversation Starters

  • Who are some trustworthy people you know or have known?
    • Why did/do you trust them?
  • What makes a person trustworthy?
  • Have you ever wondered if God was going to come through on a promise He made?

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

  • One definition of trust is: “Putting your confidence in someone you can depend on.” How do YOU define trust?

Read Genesis 28:10-17 (p. 23*), John 1:51 (p. 810*), John 14:1 (p. 823*), Hebrews 10:23 (p. 926*), and Matthew 28:20 (p. 760*)

  • How does God declare his trustworthiness (Gen. 28:13-15)?
    • Why are God’s past actions relevant?
  • When have you experienced a reaction like Jacob’s (Gen. 28:16-17), in which you recognized God’s work in your life AFTER it happened?
  • When have you truly felt like God was with you?
  • Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt like God was NOT there with you?
    • How do you handle those times when you DON’T feel it?
  • What have you experienced to make you confident that God can be trusted to keep His promises (Hebrews 10:23)?
  • What promise from Matthew 28:20 is so incredibly significant? Why?

Digging Deeper

Read Genesis 28:18-22 (p. 23*)

  • What do you think about Jacob’s response?
    • How would you have responded?
    • Does Jacob’s use of “if” diminish his commitment?

Read Galatians 3:21-29 (p. 891*)

  • How does Paul answer his own question from verse 21?
  • What purpose did the Law serve?
  • What do verses 28-29 say to you?
  • Galatians 3:5-9 (p. 891*), 1 Corinthians 1:20 (p. 870*)
  • How have things changed for humanity, with regards to the Law, because of Jesus? (Gal. 3:5-9)

Read Galatians 3:5-9 (p. 891)

  • How have things changed for humanity, with regards to the Law, because of Jesus? (Gal. 3:5-9)

What are some of God’s promises that have been particularly encouraging for you? Please share them if you are willing. A few to consider are…

  • Isaiah 40:29-31 (p. 548*) —  James 4:7 (p. 932*)
    Matthew 6:31-33 (p. 738*)  —  John 3:16 (p. 811*)  — 1 John 1:9 (p. 941*)

Taking It Home

  • Our Next Step from the Talk is: “This Week I will memorize and meditate on Proverbs 3:5-6 (p. 482*).”
    • Read the passage together as a Group. How does this verse relate to you?


  • Pray for one another in your Group to intentionally live out the Next Step.

This Weekend:

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* The Life Transformation Bible, which is the New Living Translation of the Bible including many useful tools to help you better understand God’s Word, including our own Alive Church Life Transformation Discipleship Plan. They are available FREE in the church lobby.