ANTHEM: Live Life Loud
The Anthem of the Well in the Wilderness
It’s hard to live with Passion when you don’t know your Purpose for life.
ANTHEM – A rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause.
TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: It is incredibly difficult for you to receive an unexpected blessing when you are looking for and expecting the worse, therefore our pre-determined response to all situations and circumstances should be to worship God anyways!!
START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:
Growing up, if you had the opportunity to travel with your family, especially in the car, did you ever listen to the radio or sing along the way? If so, describe some of the songs you remember.
In addition to Road Trip songs, in general, name a few of your favorite songs growing up?
Scripture Background: Israelites had a bad habit of complaining after God just did something significant, especially in regards to provision. However in this insistence, they were reminded of God previously providing water, and the sang “Spring up” – singing as if it will be there, even though it’s not right now.
READ Numbers 21:16 – 18 (NIV)
16 From there they continued on to Beer, the well where the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together and I will give them water.”
17 Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Sing about it, 18 about the well that the princes dug, that the nobles of the people sank—the nobles with scepters and staffs.” Then they went from the wilderness to Mattanah,
This week, each of the main points are questions, which set up well for our discussion. We will attempt to answer each questions:
A few questions:
When was the last time you assumed God was going to move or provide? Describe a situation or scenario where you were fully reliant on God and how the situation turned out.
We often protect ourselves by “Hoping for the best, but expecting the worse,” or even getting “pre-irate” while searching for negativity that is not there. What are some tangible ways that we can train ourselves to default to trusting God over protecting ourselves?
What reminders do you have to keep your faith, hope, and trust in God? Take this opportunity to recall and share with the group what you use to help remember God’s faithfulness in your life.
What should our response be if God doesn’t meet our expectations? It is important to keep in mind when we look to God for answers, that “No” is a valid response and can sometimes be a bigger blessing than a “Yes”. In what ways do we respond?
In what ways, can we assure that our pre-determined response is that we, no matter what the circumstances, challenges, or answers to prayers, we will worship anyways? Describe to the group.
Pastor Mike shared the concept that, ‘People don’t reject care or prayers on their behalf.’ Take the opportunity this week to offer direct prayer or hands-on care to at least 4 different people you come in contact with (at work, play, or even Wawa) that are not part of any church, as best you know – (you can of course always pray for those you know who are in church as well)!!