This week in our book study, we are looking at chapters 9 and 10. I don’t know about you, but God has provided me many opportunities to identify these sins. And if it weren’t for the gospel, I know I would be in despair and weighed down with guilt. As these sins have made themselves known this week, I’ve applied the truths of the gospel to them, prayed for God to work in me, and trusted in His redeeming work.
These are the questions we are looking at this morning:
1. How would you define discontentment? Provide a few examples.
2. What do you think of this statement on page 73, “It is our response to our circumstances rather than the degree of difficulty that determines whether or not we are discontent.”
3. How is discontentment sinful?
4. How does acceptance bring peace?
5. What is the difference between resignation and acceptance?
6. How is failing to give thanks a sin?
7. Is it possible to give thanks in the hard things of life? (Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Philippians 4:4, James 1:2-3, and Romans 5:3-5)
8. How can even the trials of life turn out for our good?
9. How can you apply the gospel to the sins of discontentment and unthankfulness?
For this week:
When you face a trial, pray the prayer on page 86
“Father, the circumstance I am in now is difficult and painful. I would not have chosen it, but You in Your love and wisdom chose it for me. You intend it for my good and so by faith I thank You for the good You are going to do in my life through it. Help me to genuinely believe this and be able to thank you from my heart.”
Consider keeping a gratitude list each day, counting bot the good and the trials of life as grace from God. Looking back over the list can fill your heart with gratitude for your Maker and Redeemer.