Wishful Thinking: I Wish God Was...

March 5, 2017 | Tom Swanson | 2 Corinthians 5:1-10


Getting Acquainted

1) Tell about a time that was confusing or hard for you when you simply had to trust another person. What helps you to trust someone else? What would make it difficult to hear, “Just trust me!”?  

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

Getting into the Bible

3) 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, We walk by faith and not by sight. Read John 20:24-29. These verses tell us about the time when Thomas doubted the resurrection of Jesus because he had not seen the risen Lord. Jesus then tells Thomas that those who believe without seeing are more blessed than those who believe after they see. What do you think Jesus meant by this? How is a person more blessed? You might want to look up 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Hebrews 11:6 and 1 Peter 1:7-9 as you answer this.

4) 2 Corinthians 5:5 tells us that the Father has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. This interesting word is defined as money which in purchases is given as a pledge or down-payment that the full amount will subsequently be paid (Bible Study Tools). So the Spirit has been given to believers as a deposit, a pledge or earnest money. But a pledge of what? Look again at 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 and then at 2 Corinthians 1:15-22 and Ephesians 1:11-14. What does the presence of the Holy Spirit guarantee? How does that guarantee make you feel about what is promised?

Working it out in Life

5) We read a great deal of Scripture at the start of the Sunday message. Some of the Scriptures were grouped under the idea of the majestic transcendence of God and others under the approachable immanence of God. Both ideas are clear in Scripture, but it’s hard for us to hold both in our minds. We tend to drift toward one or the other. If you sense that you drift at times, in which direction do you drift? How might we have a wrong view of God if we drift either way?

6) Pastor Tom talked about some of the 3-day stories of the Bible, in which day 1 is the day of trouble and day 3 is the day of deliverance. The idea was that we spend much time in this life in day 2, the day of waiting. Do you find that to be true? What day 2 periods have you had in your life or are you going through right now? What helps get you through such times?

Digging Deeper

7) Have there been – or are there now – areas in your life where you feel like you need to trust God more fully? What sort of things makes it difficult to walk by faith and not be sight through those times?

8) If you could give the others in the group one bit of advice about how you’ve learned to trust God more, what would that advice be? What’s been helpful to you in growing in your faith?

Series title: Wishful Thinking

Message 1: March 5

Message title: I Wish God Was…

Message Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Message summary: Lately we’ve expressed our discontent with the way things are. It’s been at my request that we’ve given voice to our dissatisfaction with life, with others and with ourselves. Some fun, huh!? But saying, I wish God was…, may seem like a step too far. Even so, we’ve all wondered at times why God doesn’t do or say something or put things right. Fair enough. His ways are not always our ways. But as we’ve spoken, now we must also be ready to listen to him.


1) Listen to God

2) Live in between

3) Live by faith