BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
- To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips.
- As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a suggestion of how your group can invite God into your time together.
- Thank God that He promises to give wisdom to those who ask
- Ask God for wisdom and discernment as you work together to integrate your understanding of God’s love and God’s wrath.
- Praise God that He IS love & that wrath is an action; not his character
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Do you have a story about a time that you got what was coming to you? Or a time when you DIDN’T get what was coming but experienced grace instead? (The funnier the better!)
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we will explore how God is JUST.
Open your Bibles and together read Jeremiah 25:15, Isaiah 51:17, and 2 Corinthians 5:21.
- How would you define or explain the wrath of God?
- Pippert explained that “God’s wrath is not a cranky explosion, but his settled opposition to the cancer...which is eating out the insides of the human race he loves with his whole being.” Does this explanation support the way you typically think of God’s wrath? Does this explanation change the way you think of God’s wrath?
- Jeremiah 25:15 and Isaiah 51:17 explain that WE were to drink the “cup of God’s wrath” that Jesus ultimately drank on the cross. How does knowing that God directed his wrath toward his own son and spared us impact the way you think about God’s justice?
- What is the relationship between God’s love and God’s wrath?
- 2 Corinthians 5:21 teaches that because God poured His wrath out on Jesus, we now are the righteousness of God. How does this truth impact your decisions? Your actions? Your faith?
- In what way has God RESTORED you to Himself? In what way do you long to be restored?
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
- Pray that God would continue the restorative work He has begun in your life.
- Pray that God would use you “as a restorative vessel to everyone around” you as well.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:
Look for ways that God has restored you. Look for the ways that God IS restoring you.