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Small Group Discussion Guide

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Ice-Breaker:

  • What kind of things strengthen your confidence?  What weakens it?

Questions:

Read Genesis 12:1-4a, 26:2-6

  • What promise does God make to Abraham and then his son, Isaac?
  • What did these men need to do in order to receive this promise from God?
  • What was their response when the promise was offered?

Read Genesis 28:20-22

  • What is the “if/then” vow that Jacob offers God?
  • What is Jacob’s primary goal here?
  • From what you know of Jacob’s story, what might be the motivation underlying Jacob’s goal?
  • Share an example of an if/then vow you have offered to God (i.e. ‘If you do this, then I will do this’).

Read Genesis 32:7-12  [NOTE: This scene takes place as Jacob prepares to see his brother, Esau, for the first time since Jacob tricked Esau and then ran away from home.]

  • What is Jacob feeling and why?
  • What is Jacob’s appeal to God?
  • At this point in Jacob’s story, what is the status of God’s blessing? Is it in jeopardy or not, and why?
  • Would Jacob agree with your answer to the previous question?  Why or why not?

Read II Corinthians 9:11

  • According to the Apostle Paul, what is the ultimate outcome of a blessing received?
  • When have you experienced fear and distress and reacted like Jacob did?  What was your view of God’s blessing during that time?

Application:

“The only way to experience blessing is to be a blessing” 

  • How have you experienced this statement to be true in your own life? 
  • Identify ONE thing – one problem, one issue, one ministry in need, one person who needs a helping hand – and bless them this week.

 

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