T-Life Guide
Trust Me: 5 Ingredients for Gaining Confidence in God | Week 3: Providential Relationships | October 1 - 07
Main Point: God uses relationships to grow our trust in Him.
Key Verse: Proverbs 13:20
Scripture References: Proverbs 13:20 1 Corinthians 15:33 Hebrews 10:24-25
We continue this week with Ingredient #2 that God uses to grow our trust in Him leading to a life of surrender to Him. God uses providential relationships in our lives to either speak for Him or to demonstrate a life lived for Him. In so doing, God forms and shapes our individual trust and faith in Him through the relationships that He brings into our lives. By intentionally surrounding oneself with followers of Jesus who are consistently engaging with God themselves, we follow the biblical principle of "walk with the wise to become wise." For good and for bad, relationships intersect with our faith. By spurring one another on in love and good works, we intentionally place ourselves in the lives of others and make ourselves available to them as well for the purposes of God's Kingdom being advanced in our own lives but also in the lives of others.
Discussion Questions
  1. Last week we were challenged to take an honest assessment of the environments of which we are a part followed by creating a plan to engage in an environment for consistent practical Bible teaching. Share any insights gained through this process as well as steps you've taken forward.
  2. Considering your own faith, do you agree with the statement "God uses relationships to grow our trust in Him"? Share experiences from your own life that cause you either agree or disagree.
  3. Read through the three passages from Sunday (Proverbs 13:20, 1 Corinthians 15:33, and Hebrews 10:24-25). As you do, share about a person or experience that affirms these passages from your own life or the life of others.
  4. The two key elements to doing our own part to be involved in providential relationships is to be intentional to place oneself into an environment for them as well as a commitment on our part to be available for God to use us in the lives of others. Consider these two elements for your own life and relationships. How would you assess your own intentionality and availability?
Moving Forward
There is no denying that relationships take work, purpose, intentionality, and energy. However, as we recognize God's plan and purpose for our lives to intersect with others in order to advance and glorify His Kingdom, we know experientially and inherently that relationships are essential to growing our own faith and faith in others. This week, assess your own relationships with Proverbs 13:20 as a framework for thinking (see verse below). As you do so, are there any glaring issues that you can see? Consider also our life-purpose of introducing others through relationship to the person of Jesus through authentic relationships. Is there a balance in your life of Christ-filling relationships alongside relationships that allow you to demonstrate the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him? Ask the Lord throughout this week to open your eyes to where and what He is doing with the people in your life. Ask Him to reveal the "providential relationships" in your life. After hearing from the Lord on these relationships, create a plan of action to take even one step forward in intentionality and availability for these providential relationships. Share the plan with others (of course!).
The Word Speaking Life
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. -Proverbs 13:20
For a full recap of Sunday's sermon with media, visit the Trust Me: 5 Ingredients for Gaining Confidence in God - Providential Relationships page.
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