When Our Expectations Fail Us

 In Advent 2018

Life Group Announcements:

  1. Worship times on Sunday morning are changing from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM and from 10:30 AM to 10:45 AM.
  2. The church parking lot will change closing time from 2:00 PM to now 1:00 PM.

Life Group Questions:

Preacher: Joshua DeGuido
Title:
When Our Expectations Fail Us

  1. Josh began the sermon with the question, “What expectations did you have for 2018 that you didn’t see come to pass at the end of the year? How did you deal with that?” Then, he defined an expectation as a strong belief that something will happen now/in the future, or the belief that someone will, or should, achieve something (especially as it relates to your benefit).

    (Question) If you feel comfortable, begin by sharing some goals/expectations you had for 2018 that didn’t turn out the way you thought they were going to. What do you believe are some causes for that? How did you deal with it?

  2. We learned in the sermon that no matter the reason for your expectations not coming to pass, whether you did something or it was out of your control, one thing is true for both: God is trying to say something to you and show you something new about yourself and Himself.

    (Question) Of all your failed expectations, maybe even further back than 2018, what do you think God was trying to say to you or show you about yourself through that disappointment? What will you do differently in 2019?

  3. In Luke 24:13-32, we saw a story of two men walking to a village and Jesus approaching them and asking them what they are talking about and why they are so sad. They began to explain to Him (they didn’t know it was Jesus yet) that they were sad and let down because they expected Jesus to redeem Israel physically, in the here-and-now, instead of the bigger picture spiritually, but now He was dead.

    (Question) Have you ever had an expectation of God and you feel like He let you down? Is it tempting to believe the lie that God doesn’t care about us and He is dead in our lives? Find some ways that maybe you related to these two men and discuss some common/popular reactions we have when we don’t get what we want when we want it.

  4. We looked at one possible cause (out of many) for our failed expectations which is we lack faith (belief) in the truth(s) God has already spoken to us (Luke 24:25). In other words, perhaps God has spoken and showed so much to you in 2018 that maybe you lost sight of in the business of life.

    (Question) Think of at least one truth you believe God has shown you in 2018 (maybe it’s a guidance, or directions specific to your life) and revisit that. Have you forgotten about that? Have you allowed the business of life to drown it out? Ask the Lord to reveal that to you again and begin to exercise a renewed faith/obedience to that truth.

  5. Lastly, we saw one solution to our failed expectations, in other words, what is one thing I should do in 2019 to experience LESS failed expectations of God? The solution was to establish an honest communication (prayer) and fellowship with God (Luke 24:30-32). These two men in the story walked, talked, shared Scripture, and sat/ate with Jesus and THEN their eyes were opened (both physically and spiritually). Their joy was restored in who He was.

(Question) Are you ready to make a 2019 resolution that will guarantee you joy instead of failed expectations? Then make a resolution to trade in any religious duties for real, honest, communication and hang out time with God. As God walks alongside you on your metaphorical road to Emmaus, tell Him why you are sad. Then, practice sitting with Him and letting Him change your perspective from the here-and-now to the bigger picture spiritual focus.

Bible Verses Read Sunday: 

  • Luke 24:13-21, 25-27, 30-32
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