Keeping the dream alive
Moving Mountains SG Wk3
Note to leaders: Do not feel that you have to use every question. Pick and choose as the Spirit leads you but don’t skip over the first question in the discussion from the message!
Warm Up: Have you ever had a dream that seemed so real that you couldn’t stop thinking about it when you woke up? What was it? Did anything in your dream ever become reality?
Background: Scary Dreams. We’ve all had them. They are the dreams that come to us in the shadows of the night. They are the ones that we can’t get out of minds and keep us from going back to sleep. We call them nightmares and we’ve all had them. From childhood to adulthood, it’s something that we learn to live with but all of our scary dreams do not fall into the category of nightmares.
Sometimes our dreams scare us not because they are filled with fearful and frightful things. They scare us because they are filled with images of what could be and what should be. They scare us because they are filled with visions that exceed our abilities.
When Dreams Seem Dead: 1 Sam. 13:14, 15:34-35
- What was God’s problem with King Saul? Have you ever wondered why God made Saul king when He already knew Saul wasn’t fully devoted to him?
- Why was Samuel still in mourning over Saul when God already told him that Saul had been rejected? Do you think Samuel may have felt some responsibility for God’s rejection of Saul?
- Have you ever felt like someone else’s failure was partly your fault? That it might not have happened if you had done more?
- When Samuel saw Eliab, what was his first impression? Have you ever been fooled by a first impression?
- How differently does God look at people than we do? What does it make you feel to know that God is “looking into the heart” when he looks at you?
- When Samuel anointed David as king, it was not just a new beginning for Israel. It was a new beginning for Samuel as well. How do you think Samuel felt as he went back to Ramah?
- How do you think David felt being put back out to pasture? Have you ever had a dream you thought was from God but wasn’t able to do anything with it?
From the Message:
- What spoke to you the most from the message and why? What challenged you the most? Don’t rush by this!
- This morning Pastor Steve said, “When God wants to work in your life, he’ll always gives you a dream.” What dreams has God given you?
- Pastor Steve said, “Timing is not everything. It is a God thing.” How so? What are some of the reasons God often makes us wait for our dreams?
- Pastor Steve said, “God given dreams aren’t just about you. They are about everyone who will come after you.” What seeds are you sowing right now for the next generation? What happens when the church eats its seed corn?
God-sized dreams will always be beyond your ability, beyond your resources. If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small. It also falls short of God’s glory by not giving Him an opportunity to show up and show off His power.
When it comes to the dreams of the church and your dreams as an individual, how does the following promise make you feel about keeping the dream alive?
God, by his mighty power at work within us, is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. Ephesians 3:20 (LB)