Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Goodness of God

Following is the small group curriculum I compiled for this week. It's about God's goodness that is right here and right now because Christ brought the Kingdom. The key is that we must be Kingdom minded, submit to the King of the Kingdom, and change our citizenship from the kingdom of this world to the Kingdom of God.
The Big Idea:
When Jesus came he preached that the Kingdom of God is now! That’s right - not sometime in the distant future, but today. And it is good. Don’t allow yourself to miss out on this reality.

When Jesus began His ministry by preaching “the Kingdom of God is here!” it shocked the religious community to the core. His message concerning the present reality of the Kingdom was in direct conflict with their “postponement theology” – all the good stuff of God was yet to come. In a world characterized by hopelessness and despair, Jesus forced them to face an alternate reality. He revealed the goodness of God to them by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, delivering the oppressed, raising the dead and conquering sin. And He did it at that moment, not somewhere out in the future! God could have started all over when man sinned against him. It is only the goodness of God that keeps God engaged with humanity. When a god of lesser goodness would have destroyed it all and began again, or at least abandoned it to its own rebellion, God did neither of those things. He has stayed engaged with humanity in spite of our stubbornness, in spite of our selfishness, in spite of our negligence, in spite of our own self-sufficiency. God continues to engage us, simply because He is a good Father who desires to give good gifts to His children. Do you believe this? Do you believe Jesus is alive today and that his goodness endures forever? Do you live your life based on this truth? Is the Kingdom of God alive in your world or are you still waiting for the goodness of God to come? Stop living for tomorrow, stop living for yourself, and instead live for God. Live in his reality and experience the good God who gives, forgives, heals, restores, cares, satisfies, and empowers.

Discussion Questions: (read the scripture & discuss)

Matthew 7:7-11
Discuss your responses to this passage about God’s goodness. What kind of good gifts do think Jesus is referencing? Give examples.

Psalm 103:1-5
Identify seven signs of God’s goodness from these passages. Present to the group a “real life” example of his goodness in your life.

Romans 5:15-17
What is the ultimate expression and result of God’s goodness? How does this affect the way we live life? What does this mean to you?

Taking Action: (1) Spend some time this week meditating on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7) and seriously examine your life. (2) Are you living in the reality of the Kingdom or the reality of this world? (3) Focus on God’s goodness and expect all that he has made available to you through the cross as you surrender your life and live in Christ Jesus. (4) Using the passage in Psalm 103:1-5, compile a list of God’s goodness made real in your life.


preacherman said...

Great post brother.
God is so good.
I have seen in Him work in my life over this past year. I was diagnosed with GBS. I in a wheel chair and know walking on my own. I have seen him with me all the way. He has been with me financially as well.
He has blessed me with a church that has been patient with my healing and has givin me the time to heal.
The blessing keep coming.

God is so good.
Thank you for this post.

I added you to this blog to my favorites.
In Him,
Kinney Mabry

Eric Jones said...

Thank you for the awesome testimony of God's goodness, his reality, and his power in your life.