Taking “God’s promises” in the Bible out of context has led to a lot of disillusionment, hurt, anger, and worse. So how do we know what a text actually means? Are there any promises that someone can “claim” today?
Misunderstanding and misusing scripture can create a faith that can’t stand up to real life.
Reading scripture in its context can grow our trust in God in our own context.
Good rule: Don’t claim it if you’re not the one to whom the author aimed it.
1. God is the God of the real world and wants us to live in reality.
2. We can trust God even when his plan and timing look nothing like what we’ve dreamed.
3. We can trust God b/c he’s proven that he keeps his promises.
4. While we wait for God to fulfill all of his promises, we have a role to play.
When we discover God’s purpose for them THEN, we can more clearly see God‘s purpose for us NOW.
Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Ask: As we trust and wait on God’s promises, what can we, as citizens of the Kingdom of God, do to work for the peace and prosperity of those around us?
- Describe a time for you when things were not going your way. How did you deal with that?
- Jon said, “Misunderstanding and misusing scripture can create a faith that can’t stand up to real life.” Do you agree or disagree? Do you see any other dangers to misunderstanding or misusing scripture?
- Read these promises of Jesus, including John 6:37; Matthew 11:28; John 14:15-21. Looking back at a few of these, what stands out to you? What would relying on these promises look like for you?
- As we trust God and wait and rely on his promises, how do you think we can play out our role as his people here and now? (Hint: Check out 1 Timothy 2:1-4)
- How can your group pray for you this week?
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