Hide and Seek

Discussion Questions:

1) Some of us ‘hide’ from God. We may want to go our own way apart from God or feel ashamed of our sins. Yet, God seeks us out through the person of Jesus. The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.

Where are you today? How is your relationship with God? Wherever we are, God seeks us out. Share with your community how you are relating with God and where God may be leading you. They are one of the means by which God seeks you out.

2) We can hide in the Lord and seek Him. He is our refuge and our strength. He is also our treasure, that we can delight in. (Matthew 13:44) On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your own delight in Christ?

What is behind your answer? How can we nurture our delight in Christ who is worthy and not let the routines or ‘duties’ of being a believer become a chore for us?

It’s easy to hide from God when we are ashamed with our sin or want things our way. Yet God doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us – He seeks us out even when we hide from Him.

Even in the midst of our struggles and distractions, how can we seek God and hide in Him?

A SONG IN THE NIGHT

Text: Psalm 42
Series: Take Back Your Mind
 

Did you know that one in seven people in Singapore have experienced a mental disorder in their lifetime? Mental distress is such a prevalent yet unspoken topic in society. Today, guest speaker Pastor Chua Seng Lee share with us how we take back our minds in this age of anxiety and receive peace!

Regardless of the circumstances we are going through today, let us choose to surrender wholly to God and find rest in the fact that He is present and with us, always.

Jocelyn Chng was her family’s chief breadwinner at 21 and a widow with three sons at 37. Today, she is the driving force behind JR Group, and ‘Chef-In-Box VendCafe’, Singapore’s first unmanned vending-machine cafe. Hear how she journeyed through years of personal pain and tough business hurdles to emerge as the successful entrepreneur and mother she is today.

THE MIRACLE OF COMPASSION
Text: Luke 5:12-16 
Series: The Wonder of Miracles 

The Bible records Jesus healing many while He was on earth. Yet sometimes, Jesus withdrew from people who sought Him for healing. Why does Jesus heal some and not others? What does this reveal about His nature? How should we respond in moments when the miracles we seek are not given?

Discussion Guide 

1) Jesus’ compassion moves Him to action (12-13)

In your own words, describe what “compassion” means to you. Why do you say so? What are some experiences that shape your understanding of what it means to have compassion? Who is someone you consider compassionate? What did he/she do to give you that impression? In verse 12, the leper asks Jesus about His willingness, not ability, to heal. What does Jesus’ response (13) reveal about His feelings towards the leper? Why do you think Jesus touched the leper when He could have just commanded the leper to be clean from a distance? What does Jesus’ gesture reveal about His character? The leper was supposed to announce his presence by chanting “unclean” three times. Imagine how that must make him feel like a social outcast! Were you in a similar situation before, or know of someone who is? How do you think Jesus feels towards people experiencing social isolation? Though the leper felt unworthy, he boldly approached Jesus for healing. What can you learn from the way the leper approached Jesus? Why do you think some people find it hard to request and receive compassion from Jesus? As a Life Group, how can we present Jesus as the compassionate God that He is to others?

2) Jesus’ compassion compels Him to restrain (14-16)

Have you ever prayed for healing but saw no improvement? How did you feel? How did it affect your view of Jesus or relationship with God? Some think that healing is a matter of having enough faith or praying with the right words. But if God only heals when we have enough faith or when we say the right words, what does that say about the kind of God He is? While Jesus can show His compassion through miracles, more often He expresses His compassion by giving us grace and power to go through life’s challenges in a God-honouring manner (2 Cor 12:9-10). What is a challenge you went through or are going through now that seems too tough to handle? How have you experienced Jesus’ grace and power, even though you do not see improvements in your situation? Share your experiences with your LG to encourage them. If you were to meet someone who wants a miracle but does not receive it, how would you help him/her to make sense of the experience? Talk about it with your LG. How can the LG encourage one another to trust in God’s character and not the results that they see? For example, how should the LG pray for someone who asks for healing?

Reflection Questions 

1) Jesus’ compassion moves Him to action (12-13)
Though the leper felt unworthy, he boldly approached Jesus for healing. What can you learn from the way the leper approached Jesus?

2) Jesus’ compassion compels Him to restrain (14-16)
While Jesus can show His compassion through miracles, more often He expresses His compassion by giving us grace and power to go through life’s challenges in a God-honouring manner (2 Cor 12:9-10). What is a challenge you went through or are going through now that seems too tough to handle? How have you experienced Jesus’ grace and power, even though you do not see improvements in your situation?