Adult & Teen Discussion Guide
1. Primary Statement
God is a promise-making master; both in promises to all of humanity, and to us as individuals. From a human perspective, though, it’s all too easy to grow impatient waiting for promises to come true, and when we lose patience, we have a tendency to take matters into our own hands… with unpleasant results.
2. Bible Verse
Genesis 16:2a [ESV] “Sarai said to Abram, ‘Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children…’”
It had been 10 years since God had promised descendants to Abram, but he was still childless. It was at that point that doubt in God’s promise finally outweighed faith.
Q. What are some promises / dreams / plans that you feel like God has spoken to you? Have they come to pass yet? If not, can you relate to Sarai’s impatience and frustration with God?
Q. Why do you think God spoke the promise to Abram so long before the fulfillment? Could it be that He has a purpose for putting hopes & dreams in your heart that are still down the line?
Genesis 16:2b [ESV] “…Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.”
Just like in the garden of Eden, Satan brings temptation by casting doubt on God’s word. Sarai adopts an interpretation of God’s promise that can be fulfilled by human strength, without any additional waiting or faith. The result was perpetual hostility that is still active today between the descendants of Isaac (Israel) and Ishmael (Islam).
Q. Be honest – which of God’s promises (to humanity or to you personally) are you tempted to doubt or reinterpret?
Q. Is the sin to have doubts, or to act on them?
Q. Satan often offers a “shortcut” to promises or blessing, by cutting corners morally. Can you think of a few examples of this in today’s culture?
4. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for all the promises He has made to humanity, and to you personally. Ask Him to give you faith to trust Him and wait for Him to bring them to pass in His timing.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
1. Power Verse
James 4:7 “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you!”
SPIDER: “I’ll Avoid The WEB Of Temptation!”
This week, we continue the series called, “Bugs”. In this lesson, we learn just how God has given us the ability to avoid being trapped in the web that Satan has laid out for us.
2. Bible Reading
Read: Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus Is Tempted in the Desert
4 The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert. There the devil tempted him. 2 After 40 days and 40 nights of going without eating, Jesus was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him. He said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man must not live only on bread. He must also live on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” (Deuteronomy 8:3)
5 Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city. He had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. It is written,
“ ‘The Lord will command his angels to take good care of you.
They will lift you up in their hands.
Then you won’t trip over a stone.’ ” (Psalm 91:11,12)
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written, ‘Do not test the Lord your God.’ ” (Deuteronomy 6:16)
8 Finally, the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain. He showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 “If you bow down and worship me,” he said, “I will give you all this.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Get away from me, Satan! It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God. He is the only one you should serve.’ ” (Deuteronomy 6:13)
11 Then the devil left Jesus. Angels came and took care of him.
Q. Where was Jesus when Satan came to tempt Him?
Q. What were the ways that Satan tempted Jesus?
Spiders weave webs to trap their prey. They lie in wait for an unsuspecting insect to fly or crawl into the web and get stuck. Then, the spider moves in for the kill.
Satan, our enemy, does much the same with us. He weaves a web of temptation in order to trap us into sin. Much of the time, if we are not careful and looking out for it, we will get caught in the web of temptation and fall into sin.
Satan is very crafty in his ways of trapping us. We must be aware of his schemes in order to avoid getting caught in the web of temptation.
Q. How has Satan tried to tempt you?
Q. Have there been times you gave-in to temptation?
Q. How can you try to avoid temptation?
4. Prayer Focus
Pray for your children to be strong and resist the devil’s web of temptation. Pray for them if they have fallen into sin already and lead them in a prayer for forgiveness. Pray that God will help them to recognize where they are weak and help them to stay strong in those areas.
What prophecy did God give to Abraham that is being fulfilled in our scripture section? Genesis 15:12-14
What does Romans 13:1 & 5 say about how we are to act toward governing authorities?
Exodus 1:20 states God was kind to the midwives even though they disobeyed the governing authorities. How can this be considering the answer to the the former question? Acts 5:29, Exodus 1:17
God chose to give Moses to his parents. What does Hebrews 11:23 say about Moses’ parents that made them a wise choice?
Look at what Acts 7:20 & Hebrews 11:23 says about Moses. What do you think made him this way?
God used a baby’s tears to change a princess’ heart. God often uses what we humans consider weak & foolish things to accomplish His purpose. Why would God do this? 1 Corinthians 1:25-29
What does God do for those, in whom, He delights? Psalms 37:23
TWO QUESTIONS TO ASK
1. If you were to die tonight can you be SURE you would go to heaven?
The only correct answer is yes.
2. If you were to die tonight and had to stand before God and He asks you, “Why should I let you into my heaven?” what would you say?
The correct answer needs to be along the lines of: Jesus died for me, paid the price for my sins and I have accepted Him into my heart.
What does God say in Habakkuk 2:4 about the righteous?
What does James 1:12-16 say is different between trials & temptations?
To us temptations seem logical & trials seem very unreasonable. Temptations are used by Satan to bring out the worst in us & trials are used by the Holy Spirit to bring out the best in us.
What does 1Corinthians 10:13 state that God does for us when we are tempted?
What does James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6-9 & 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 say trials do to/for us?
What promise did God make to Abraham about Isaac in Genesis 21:12?
What did Abraham tell his servants he & Isaac were going to do? Genesis 22:5
What does Genesis 22:8 say about Abraham’s thought’s as he & Isaac climbed the mountain?
How could Abraham have so much faith in God? Romans 4:19-21
Abraham believed & obeyed God when he did not know where (Hebrews 11:8), did not know when (Hebrews 11:9-10 & 13-16), did not know how (Hebrews 11:11-12) & did not know why (Hebrews 11:17-19).
What does the Lord delight in? 1 Samuel 15:22