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“Does Prayer Make a Difference With a Sovereign God?” by Pastor Tony

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Prayer:  Knowing and Experiencing God Sermon Series
Does Prayer Make a Difference With a Sovereign God? by Pastor Tony
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September 16, 2018
Questions:  Contact Pastor Ric, 

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon. 

Texts:  Ephesians 1:3-23; Genesis 50:19-21; Philippians 4:4-9

  1. How do we reconcile the fact that God is both sovereign (He does as he wills) and personal (We are to be responsible), OR how do my prayers make any difference? (To look at the other scripture references Tony listed in his sermon, go to Sermons under the Resources menu on our LEFC website.)

  2. I have heard a few of my friends (some who are not yet followers of Jesus) ask for prayer for those experiencing Hurricane Florence this past week. How could we use tragic events like this to engage our Oikos in important conversations about prayer?

  3. When it seems that God is not answering, not listening, not loving, how should we respond? (Remember Genesis 50:20) Talk about some ways we can help one another through our Life Group relationships when we struggle with unanswered prayer.

  4. What are our lives like without much prayer? What are we missing out on?  How does prayer help us become more mature disciples of Jesus?

  5. Can prayer change the mind of God or move his heart? (i.e. Hezekiah). Should we be careful how we pray?
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“Why Pray: God’s Heart For Us” by Pastor Randy

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Prayer:  Knowing and Experiencing God Sermon Series
Why Pray:  God's Heart For Us by Pastor Randy
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September 9, 2018
Discussion questions by Pastor Ric
Contact Pastor Ric with questions,  

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menuClick on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon. 

Text: Philippians 4:4-9

  1. Share one or two ways that today’s teaching from Pastor Randy changed your perspective on prayer. How will this affect your prayer life going forward?

  2. Specifically, how do we sense the “nearness” of God?

  3. Anxiety is a growing problem for all ages today. How does prayer help us with our anxiety?

  4. In what ways does the culture mitigate against prayer? (Deuteronomy 6:1-10) What specific ways can we counteract culture with respect to prayer?

  5. In your daily prayer time, continue to pray for those in your Oikos.  Single out those in your relational world and pray for them by name.  Pray that they would sense God’s presence in their lives, and that God would draw each one to Himself.  Offer yourself to God every day as an instrument in that process.

  6. For those who are parents, what creative ways could we use to impact our children with respect to our series on prayer?

  7. Life Group Leaders: How could this series impact your group?
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