9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. 11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
1 Timothy 2:3-4
3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
2 I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. 3 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.
13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
Look over the prayer requests from your small group for the last couple of weeks. What is the subject or the request in most of them? Do you ever pray that others would grow in their knowledge of God? Be strengthened in trials? Have joy and gratitude for God’s blessings?
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
Read Colossians 1:9-10. How do we please the Lord and bear fruit? Paul closes verse 10 with an “all the while” statement. What should we be doing all the while? What does it mean to grow in our knowledge of God?
Pastor Troy mentioned 2 mistakes people make in trying to know God. What are they? Have you ever been guilty of either? How?
Read 1 Timothy 2:3. God wants you to find him and know him. How does that make you feel?
Read Psalms 145:2-3. What does the Bible mean when it says God can’t be measured? Does that threaten you or excite you? What eternal implications does that have?
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
Can someone know about God and not know God? What’s the difference between the two? Do you know God personally? How do you explain to someone that you’ve never met God face to face yet you know him personally?
1 Timothy 2:3 tells us that God wants us to find Him and know Him. What does that mean to you? How long will it take to know God? What is your plan for making it happen?
Close your small group this week by asking God for 1 of these 3 things for each small group member: to know God and His will, to have strength for hardships, to have joy and gratitude for His blessings.
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
If you have a relationship with Jesus, consider how your prayer requests may have changed over time. Commit to spending some time with the Lord in the bible and in prayer. Ask Him to show you how best to honor Him, His power, and His truth in your prayers, and then do it!
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
Lord, help me to know You and Your will for my life. Give me Your strength for the hardships that my way. Help me not to rely on my own strength and change my heart into a heart of joy and gratitude for the blessings you have given me. – Amen