Not all mountains are on the outside
Moving Mountains SG Wk4
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: What’s one thing you believe as a Christian that the rest of the world thinks is absurd? Which promise of Jesus do you have the most trouble believing? Why?
Background: We all have mountains of difficulty in our lives that have stopped us dead in our tracks. Sometimes they are great tasks laid before us and we have little personal strength with which to meet them. I’m not talking about literal mountains here. If we want to move physical mountains, we need to use earth-moving equipment. I’m talking about the spiritual, emotional, and relational ones.
The hardest mountains to move in our lives are internal not external. Sometimes those “mountains” are broken relationships and habits of sin. Your “mountain” may involve believing God regarding a loved one who is far from the Lord or it may mean trusting God in the midst of a failing marriage. If we want to move spiritual mountains, we have to use spiritual tools.
Impossible Promises: Mark 11:12-14, 20-26
- If it was not fig season, why do you think Jesus cursed the tree? What does the fig tree represent in Hebrew scripture?
- Why is Peter amazed that the fig tree has died already? Should he have been? How does Jesus’ reply shock you? Challenge you?
- When Jesus spoke about moving mountains, do you believe Jesus is speaking literally or in hyperbole? Why? What connect is there between having faith in God and seeing mountains move in our lives?
- What are the conditions for effective prayer are set forth by Jesus and by scripture to seeing prayers answered? Does this mean if we ask for anything, God will give it to us? What do you think?
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, “The hardest mountains to move in our life are the internal ones, not external.” Would you agree or disagree? Why?
- Pastor Steve said, “Faith is believing in advance in something that will only seem logical when seen in reverse.” How so?
- What’s the hardest part of Jesus’ promise for you right now: Having faith? Believing God and not doubting? Speaking to your mountain? Forgiving someone?
- Pastor Steve said, “Unforgiveness blocks the power of God in our lives no matter how much we believe.” How so? Is it possible to be right with God and stay wrong with your brother or sister in your heart?
- What’s keeping your mountain from moving right now? Is there something in your life that you are not trusting God with? “If you want to see your mountain move, you’re going to have to move first.” Confess your lack of faith to God and ask Him to grow your faith.
The only limit on prayer is the will of God. Sometimes when we pray, we have a promise of a specific blessing and we may then pray in total confidence. Often we pray not knowing what God will do. That is, not every prayer falls in the category of verse 24 because God doesn’t always give us that kind of faith. Jesus Christ is God. He is the King of Kings. He governs the universe. Sometimes when we pray, he gives us faith to believe for amazing things. Other times we pray with less certainty, still trusting that the Lord knows what is best and will do what is best. God Always Answers Believing Prayer. If our prayers be within the circle of God’s will, we may ask what we will and God who knows all things will answer our prayer according to his will.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14 (NIV)