Friday, December 14, 2007

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: What are you waiting for?

Here is my small group study for this week.

Big Idea:
Because God does things in his perfect timing, sometimes we are called to wait. But, what are you waiting for? What awesome expectation do you have? What is causing you to sit on the edge of your seat? Is your expectation limited to temporal, worldly, and momentary things like your next vacation, promotion at work, new car or are you waiting for God to show up and fulfill his purpose in your life?

Summary:
Waiting can sometimes be very difficult, but like they say, “patience is a virtue.” Sometimes it seems like God delights in saying, “Get ready, get set… wait.” Have you learned to wait on God without losing your faith or your mind? For instance, when your prayers aren’t immediately answered do you give up? When others grow bored, lose their hope, and turn to new pursuits do you continue to wait and expect God to deliver? God doesn't want you to live a life of diminished expectations and deferred dreams. He has great plans in store for you! But He wants you to learn how to maintain your expectation even as you walk through the long hallway that separates the promise from the fulfillment. Be assured that waiting time is not wasted time and it is not a passive activity. During this time of waiting, God is vibrantly at work in us developing patience, trust, and perseverance. During the process of waiting, he intensifies our hunger, our longing, our expectation, and our dependence on him. Our waiting should not be passive. We should be actively waiting, preparing, praying, fasting, and obeying while earnestly expecting the Lord to show up. Regardless of what emptiness or intense longing you may be experiencing in your personal life, Jesus Christ's coming satisfies our deepest needs. So, what are your great expectations? What are you longing for? What is the passion in your heart, which causes you to long for the Messiah?

Discussion Questions: (read the scripture & discuss)

Luke 2:21-38
What was Simeon waiting for? What was Anna waiting for? What were they doing while they waited? How were their expectations fulfilled? What are you expecting? Are they temporal or eternal things?

Titus 2:11-14
What does this passage indicate we should be experiencing and doing while we are waiting for the Messiah? Is this how you are waiting?

Isaiah 40:31
What promise is found in this passage? What does it look like to “wait (hope) on the Lord?”

Taking Action: (1) Make a list of the things you are waiting for. Compare this list to what Simeon and Anna were waiting for in Luke 2:21-38. (2) What are you doing while you are waiting? Re-read Titus 2:11-14 and incorporate these waiting attributes into your life.

1 comment:

LOV U LIKE JESUS said...

THAT WAS FOOD FOR THOUGHTS, SOMETHING I NEEDED IN THIS SEASON THAT I'M IN,BEEN TRYING TO LEARN TO WAIT WITH ACTION FOR HIM,THINK IT NOT MUCH TO DO WITHOUT MONEY BEEN SPREADING LOVE ON MYSACE TO OTHER CHRISTIAN DON'T KNOW IF THAT ENOUGH ,SHOVEL SNOW FOR NEIGHBORS,DON'T KNOW IF THAT ENOUGH ,READ STUDY THE WORD, PRAY, TEACH,DON'T EVEN KNOW IF THAT IS ENOUGH