Sharing the Goodness of God
Life Group Announcements
- Continue to pray for Pastor Joe Houser as he takes extended time off to focus on his health, family, and relationship with God.
- There will be a class on what it means to set healthy boundaries in our lives based on the book titled, Boundaries. Cost is $25 (includes copy of the book). The class will be taught by OB One’s Marriage and Family Therapist, Jenna Hillman, at 8:30 AM during first service in the Venue. See our church’s website for registration details.
- We officially welcomed our new female junior high school youth leader, Janelle Baty, to the church and prayed over her and her family. Please continue to welcome her and pray for a smooth transition.
Life Group Questions
Speaker: Pastor Mike Hubbard
Sermon Series: Good is So Good, He’s Better Than We Think, So Let’s Change the Way We Think!
Title: Sharing the Goodness of God
- Pastor Mike reminded us through Genesis 1:4-31 (summarizing all the verses), that everything God made in the beginning was/is good. In fact, when God made mankind and finished creating, He stated that now it was “very good.”Are you ever tempted to cut yourself down and to forget that as God’s child you are loved and cherished? If so, why?What are some popular or common circumstances in which we can easily forget that we are special creatures set apart from all other created things?
- Pastor Mike related our mind to a vacuum by stating that if we do not practice taking in holy and pure thoughts (Philippians 4:8), then naturally our minds will begin to suck in the negative and impure thoughts. We also see this in Matthew 6:19-24.What are some good ways to practice this habit? Have you experienced this before? What did it look like for you?
- We were reminded that sometimes we find ourselves in a spot in life where we cannot see God, feel Him, hear Him, etc.; we often refer to this as the “desert.” Then, we were encouraged in those moments to always at least remember God’s goodness and faithfulness in order to get us through those times.Have you ever been in a place in life where God seemed absent? Did you reflect on His goodness? If you were delivered, what would your advice be to the person who is now struggling with the same thing?
- The following analogy was used: If you are in a dark room and you need the light on to see, you do not fight and scream at the dark, you simply turn the light on and it goes away. In the same way, God is the light that dispels darkness (1 John 1:5).What are some great ways that we, as light-bearers, can practice letting the light of God shine through us as we are called throughout Scripture? Do you find yourself working too hard to fight the dark, rather than focus on God and let Him do it through you?
- Some application from the message included (1) simply be kind to others, (2) build a history with God so that you can reflect on His goodness later on in hard times, and (3) practice thankfulness.Discuss within your groups what each of these look like in the workplace, neighborhoods, hobbies, activities, etc.
Bible Verses Read Sunday
- Genesis 1:4-31
- John 1:14-15
- Romans 12:21