CG Study Guide for the week of May 3, 2020 PDF VERSION
Community Group Study Guide
For the week of May 3, 2020
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Tuesday’s 8pm or Wednesday 8am. Email chris@STFChurch.com
FOOD DROP OFF – Friday, April 10, 11:00am – 2:00pm
3 Ways to Give to the Food Drive:
Drop off donations at our Ballast Point Campus, 5101 Bayshore Blvd.
(Note: Hours have changed: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fridays only)
Ship Items from Amazon or from a local Tampa business to the Ballast Point Campus, 5101 Bayshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33611
Go to stfchurch.com to see list of needs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
LifePath Hospice cares for over 1000 Tampa residents in their homes. As a church, we have the opportunity to encourage these amazing essential workers by sending them hand-written cards of appreciation. You can mail your card to:
3010 W Azeele St.
Tampa, FL 33609
1. What is one thing you have learned about yourself during “safer at home”?
2. What part of the teaching did you find challenging to your thinking or living?
1. Read Deuteronomy 29:29 and Psalm 147:5. Mark Twain one said, “It’s not the hard-to-understand things in Scripture that make me terrible. Rather, it’s those things I do understand.” How does theses passages reiterate this?
2. There’s a saying in Celebrate Recovery, “You’re only as sick as your secrets.” How should the fact that God already knows everything including our secrets influence what we do with our secrets? Why do we tend to hide them anyway?
3. Read Acts 17:24-28. If God is self-sufficient and does not need our prayers, our obedience, or our faith, then why does He call for it?
(God is not dependent on anything or anyone. He suffers no lack, knows no limitation, and experiences no deficiency. He is “I AM THAT I AM,” with no qualification or exception (Exodus 3:14). If He needed anything to stay alive or to feel complete, then He would not be God.
So, God does not need us. But, amazingly, He loves us passionately, and in His goodness He wants us to live with Him forever. So, 2,000 years ago, God Himself put on skin, came to Earth, and gave His very life to atone for our sin and prove His deep love for us. He paid the ultimate price to reconcile us to Himself, and nobody pays that high a price for something they don’t want or value.
Because of this incredible and unwarranted love for us disobedient sinners, we are offered eternal life. Salvation is a gift, given freely for the asking, because of the breathtaking, voluntary sacrifice by the one true God. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”)
TAKING IT HOME
1. Read Isaiah 55. What challenge or comfort do you find in God’s unchanging ways?
2. What comfort can you find in knowing that God holds your tomorrow and all that tomorrow holds? How can this truth change your prayer life this week?