GROUP GUIDE 20160807 TALK IT OVER
It’s been a busy two weeks of public holiday’s and rainy weather. Spend some time catching up around what everybody’s been up to on their time off.
SHARE What is the most important or unique items scheduled into your calendars? Where would be the best place for you, personally to schedule God intoyour calendars?
SING songs that focus on seeking Jesus first. That beautiful item song First by Lauren Daigle, from this past Sunday, may be a bit high for some of you to sing. But you could play it as a ministry song or check out First Place by Worship Central Aust ralia featuring Joel Phillips.
FIRST – GO BEFORE ME
When hiking there is always that guy, you know that guy that wants to lead the pack, run ahead and ward off any potential danger. We love that guy, because he generally gets rid of all the spider webs across the path.
It’s always good to have someone go before you, who can set a good pace, take the right direction on the path and lead the way.
In every big or small decision in life, whether about time, money, career, family, where you will live, whatever; going to God first, and allowing Him to go before you, is the best plan you can have. He clears the path and guides us in the dark times and in the light times.
READ EXODUS 13:21-22 NLT AND DISCUSS
The LORD went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. And the LORD did not remove the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire from it s place in front of t he people.
1. What experiences have you had of God clearly going before you in a situation, perhaps a difficult conversation where He softened the heart of a person, perhaps a business deal, or big financial decision? How has God cleared the path for you?
2. How does putting God first in your life affect your time, money and decision- making?
READ PSALM 119:105 AND DISCUSS
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
3. How does the Word of God help guide us in life? What are clear principles in the scriptures that help us to know how to manage our time and money and tomake important decisions?
READ MATTHEW 6:33 ESV AND DISCUSS
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
4. What does seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness look like practically to you?
ACT The first thing you need to do is schedule in your meeting with God… Once you’ve done that, and you arrive to the meeting, He will go before you and direct you as towhat todo next…
PRAY Lord Jesus, help us to put you FIRST, and to declare in all things; “I AM SECOND”. Help us to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness and to know what that means in every decision we make. Go before us Lord and clear the path so that in all things you would take first place. In Jesus Name. Amen.