Series: Be Still

Recognizing God's Voice

Dig In Questions:

1) Do you remember a time in your life when you felt like God was telling you to do something specific? What made you so confident that He was doing so?

2) On Sunday, we discussed this idea: “God is always speaking, but we are rarely listening. The problem isn’t that He has lost interest; the problem is that we have lost our hearing.” How good are you at recognizing when God is communicating? Is there anything you need to do differently to better position yourself to hear His voice?

3) Read Hebrews 1:1-2. A lot of people think of Jesus only as someone we should follow and imitate, (which is true), but have you ever thought of Jesus as one of God's ways of directly communicating with us?

4) Read Proverbs 15:22. Why do you think it's important to allow God to speak into your life through other believers?

5) Read Galatians 5:16-25. Would you say that your life reflects the guidance of the Holy Spirit? If not, what do you need to change to allow the Holy Spirit to take the lead of your life?

6) On Sunday, we discussed three primary things to consider when trying to discern whether you are truly hearing the voice of God or just listening to your own desires: The Bible, Fruits of the Spirit, and your motives. How do you feel these could help you in your decision-making?

Silence

Dig In Questions:

1) How do you feel about silence? Do you avoid it at all costs because it makes you uncomfortable? Do you pursue it because it gives you the rest or motivation that you desire? Why do you feel the way you do?

2) Exodus 14:14 reads: "The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent." What does our silence communicate to God and allow Him to do?

3) Read the story of Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4:35-40. What does this mean for your life and the storms you experience?

4) Are there any specific storms in your life that you need to hand over to Jesus right now? How can you begin to do this?

5) Read Habakkuk 2:20. Have you ever thought about worshipping God with your silence? How can our silence communicate praise to God?

6) What do you need to change about your life to allow for more silence in God’s presence? What’s a realistic "time goal" that you can set for this type of silence per day? 5 mins, 10 mins, 15 mins, or more? Find someone to hold you accountable to this!

Be Still...and Pray

Dig In Questions:

1) What is your earliest memory of praying? What was that experience like? How does that differ from your view or interactions with prayer now?

2) Read Jesus' words on prayer in Matthew 6:7-8. In light of this text, how do you think Jesus wants us to approach prayer?

3) Billy Graham once said, "Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God." How would you currently define your prayer life?

4) Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Do you tend to pray once or do you talk to God constantly throughout the day?

5) What can you start doing to have an ongoing, daily conversation with God? (Reminders, alarms, set times to pray?)

Just You And God

Dig In Questions

1) Do you feel that you are someone who makes time for yourself? Are there any reasons, (or lies you believe), that make you unable to?

2) On Sunday, we discussed how “the Christian life isn’t about everything you can get done, the Christian life is about recognizing what Christ has done and what you’re willing to let him do through you.” How does this statement run counter to what we see in the world, (and sometimes in Christianity), today?

3) Read Luke 4:1-2. How do you think Jesus’ time alone in the wilderness prepared him for ministry? How can alone time with God prepare Christians for their impact in the world around them?

4) How do you tend to handle stress? Read Luke 22:39-44. What can we learn from Christ’s example?

5) Has there ever been a time where you sought God’s wisdom before making a big decision? What did this time do for you, your attitude, or decision-making?

6) How can you start finding more time to be still before God?