Wishful Thinking: I Wish I Was...

February 26, 2017 | Tom Swanson | John 21:18-22


Getting Acquainted  

1) If you had the opportunity to know what the future was going to hold for you personally, would you want to know? Why or why not? 

2) Pastor Tom asked us a week ago to fill in the blank on the card, I wish I was… How did you or would you fill in that blank? 

Getting into the Bible

3) In the message we looked at John 15:1-8 and talked a bit about the idea of being dependent on God. Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. Paul talks about a particular trouble or weakness that he had to endure. Where did that weakness come from? What purpose did it play in his life? What were some lessons he learned through having this weak point? 

4) In the sermon we looked at 1 Timothy 6:6-10 and talked about contentment. Read Philippians 4:10-13. Paul speaks about learning to be content, but where was he when he wrote these words (perhaps someone has a Bible that gives a short introduction to the book)? What other reasons did he have to be discontented (for example, see 1:15-18, 1:19-20, 3:2, 3:17-19, 4:2-3)? What do you think helped him to learn to be content (you might consider 4:8-9 to start with)? 

Working it out in Life

5) As you think back on the sermon from last week, was there something in particular that you would like the group to talk about a bit more? What was that? 

6) From John 21:18-22 we talked about accepting God’s purposes in our lives. Have you had a time when that was particularly difficult for you? What have you found helpful in getting you through such times? 

7) After Peter heard what the Lord had laid out for his future, he asked what was going to happen to John (John 21:20-22). While this may be understandable curiosity to us, what can be the danger in comparing our life and experience to that of others? 

Digging Deeper

8) Dependence on God can be difficult for us. Looking at your own spiritual journey, are there areas of your life that it is particularly difficult for you to entrust to God’s care and provision? 

9) Learning to be content can also be a difficult undertaking for us. Do you ever struggle with the idea that what God has given is enough? In what ways?