April 15, 2018 – Pleasing God by Seeking Him

Terry Beatty
April 15, 2018

April 15, 2018 – Pleasing God by Seeking Him

Isaiah 55
Life Group Questions:

1.    If you were not able to hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church website and listening to it. What are some main ideas that you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?

2.    What does it mean that God’s word will not return void (vs. 11)? Look at the context of this statement and describe what it applies to here. Describe a time that you have experienced the power of God’s word work in your life.

3. What is the invitation given by God in vs. 1? How does the writer use the idea of hunger and thirsting (cf. Isaiah 29:8; 44:3)? What is the significance of the provision of vs. 1 being accomplished without money? How might these principles reflect our salvation in Christ?

4.    What are some ways in which we attempt to find satisfaction apart from God? What are some things we spend money on in an attempt to find satisfaction? What are some ways in which you have experienced a lack of satisfaction in the things of this world?

5.    What are some ways in which God provides for his people? What are some gifts of God that should satisfy our souls (cf. vs. 2)? What provisions of God have been more valuable to you than silver, gold or any other precious commodities?

6.    In vs. 6 we are told to seek the Lord and to call upon him. In what ways can we seek God? What is the promise God has given to those who seek him properly (cf. Matthew 7:7)? What does it mean to call upon the Lord (cf. Psalm 14:4; 18:3, 6; 99:6; 105:1; etc.)? Describe some ways and reasons for which you have called upon the Lord in the past? Explain your experience with his response?

7.    Describe the stipulation mentioned in vs. 7. Why is holiness so important if we are going to seek God? What is the promise that is given to those who confess and turn from their sin (cf. vs. 7; 1 John 1:9)?

8.    What is the source of the blessings of God in our lives, according to vss. 3-5? Describe the sure and tender mercies of David? What is meant by the statement that the nations “shall run to you” in vs. 5?

9. Describe some ways in which God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts? What makes them higher? How can we raise the level of our thoughts? How are God’s ways different than ours? How have you struggled with God’s thoughts and ways in which he works?