Virgil Brazle - Connections Pastor

God Rewards Our Faithfulness

Dig In Questions:

Read Esther 8

1) Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you felt like God gave you a fresh start or a new lease on life?

2) At FCC, we often say that “We are a bunch of imperfect people seeking after a perfect God”. How have you seen that demonstrated in the Bible? How have you seen that demonstrated in your own life?

3) In the sermon, it was said, “Rewards aren’t something we deserve - they are not something we earn.” If you are a Christian, how has God rewarded your faithfulness? If you are not yet a Christian, how have you been rewarded by doing life with believers?

4) Think of someone who you see as a person of great faith. What sets them apart from all the other “nice people”? Are there places in your life that need changed in order for people to see your faithfulness?

5) Read Psalm 84:10. Has this been your experience in life? How so?

We Are Not Forgotten

Dig In Questions:

1) Left out. Left Behind. Last one picked. Un-wanted. Un-heard. Unnecessary. Not needed. Not included. Not noticed. With out purpose. With out a plan. Without hope. Too damaged. Too lost. Too far gone. Failed. Floundering. Forgotten.

Do any of these reflect how you feel or have felt in the past?

2) Have you ever felt Forgotten by God? Describe what that experience was like.

3) We live in an “Instant Society”. How have the instant access and availability of so much of life caused you to have distorted or unrealistic views of your relationship with God?

4) How has your pain or struggle or bad situation actually brought you closer to God? Why do you think it did?

5) Describe a time in your life where you actually waited on God and realized that his plan and purpose was better than the one you wanted to rush into.

6) Read Romans 8:28. What do we learn about God’s plans from this verse? What do we learn about our lives from it?

Our Situations Don’t Define Us

Our Situations Don't Define Us - Dig In Questions:

Read Luke 1:26-38 & Matthew 1:18-25

1) If you were in Mary and Joseph’s shoes, how do you think you would have reacted to the angel’s announcement?

2) Virgil talked about “What the heck, God?” situations that cause us to question what God is doing in that moment. Are you in one of those or have you been in the past?

3) Why do you think God allowed good people in the scriptures to experience bad situations?

4) How do you think that God can use your life situations to bring glory to Himself?

5) We are not defined by our situation; rather, our situations align us, describe us, refine us, and remind us. Can you think of how your situation has helped you grow in your faith?

Pray that God would help you to trust Him with your situation just as you have trusted him with your salvation.

Deborah, Barak, & Jael

Deborah, Barak, & Jael - Dig In Questions:

1) What comes to your mind when you think of the term Dark Horses?

2) Have you ever found yourself at a place in life where you felt like you were not a winner, not successful, or not even thought of? How were you able to move past it?

3) Has something in your past or in your present held you back from doing what God is calling you to do? If so, how?

4) On Sunday, Virgil said that “We live in a world that is physically, emotionally, and spiritually oppressed.“ In what ways do you see this to be true? How might God be calling you to be a rescuer?

5) We see from Deborah, Barak, and Jael that just because a person can’t do everything that needs to be done, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t do what they have been equipped to do. Are there things that you are equipped to do for God’s Kingdom that you are not doing?

6) In what ways can you see the church making a greater difference in the world if every believer used their unique giftedness to serve, and recognized that the part they play is necessary for the good of the whole body? How will you help that to happen this week?