December 31, 2017 – Pleasing God

Terry Beatty
December 31, 2017

December 31, 2017 – Pleasing God

Colossians 1:9-12
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.    Do you believe that God is the type of God that needs to be pleased? Do you think that we can make God happy or give him pleasure? If so how? Do you think that we can make God unhappy or bring him displeasure? If so how?

3.    Read Colossians 1:9-12 and describe some aspects of Paul’s prayer for the believers. What of some aspects of Paul’s prayer that we should use as a model for our prayer? What impresses you about Paul’s attitude and actual prayer?

4.    Read the following passages and list some important principles related to the believer’s prayer life: 1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:16-18; 2 Timothy 1:3. How can we incorporate this into our prayer life?

5.    Define what it means to please God (cf. 1 Thessalonians 2:3, 4:1). What are some obstacles that pose a problem for us to please God? Do you feel that your life is pleasing to God? Explain.

6.    Paul prays for believers to be fully pleasing to God in their lives. What areas of our lives should we attempt to use for bringing God pleasure? In what areas of your life do you feel challenged to bring God pleasure?

7.    Do you think that God is really interested in “every” aspect of our lives? Why or why not? How do the following verses help us to understand God’s interested in our lives: Proverbs 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Deuteronomy 6:5; Joshua 22:5; 1 Samuel 12:24?

8.    Do you believe that we can grow in the knowledge of God? If so, how do we go about growth in this area? In what areas of knowing more of God do you need to grow? How do you plan to go about growing in those areas?

9: What is a good indicator of somebody knowing God (cf. Titus 1:16)? List some specific deeds or good works that would demonstrate knowledge of God.

10. Consider the following areas and pick one way for each area that you will set as a goal for 2018: reverence for God (Psalm 147:10-11), trust in God (Hebrew 11:6), obedience to God (1 Samuel 15:22), sacrifice for God (Hebrew 13:15), spirituality (Romans 8:6-8).