Q&A: Choosing God’s Will – Part 1 – Ephesians 1:11

Below are provided answers for the insert from the message presented on August 17, 2014 in the series on “God’s Will.” The answers for the Message Based Discussion Questions are suggestions in order to stimulate thinking, but not to replace it.  

What is God’s will? 

  Rom. 12:1-2

1) Is God’s will the dot on a bull’s eye? Eph. 1:11

  • God’s sovereign will is His choice that determines everything that happens. Eph. 1:11; Acts 4:27-28
  • God’s holy will includes His commands revealed in the Bible about how to believe and live. 1 Thes. 5:18; 1 Pet. 3:15
  • God’s individual will is that detailed life-plan for your unique life. Eph. 5:15-18
  • Let’s compare these:
  • The individual will is reasonable 1 Cor. 14:40
    • He knows the outcome of decisions Matt. 11:21-22
    • We’ve seen it in experience
    • Biblical teaching in examples
    • The HS directed Paul to leave on his 1st missionary journey Acts 13:1-2.
  • How do you determine His will?
    • syllabus search
    • Celestial killjoy
    • Bionic Missionaries
    • white hairs
    • lightning flash
  • The traditional view Col. 3:15
    • Road signs – Bible, Holy Spirit witness and circumstances
    • Results – choosing God’s will gives peace and blessing!
    • Prayer – is like a breath of fresh air
    • Communion with the Lord – close intimacy with the Lord helps clarity.

2) You can determine God’s Holy Will   2 Tim. 3:16-17

  • 1 Cor. 14:40
  • John 10:27
  • 1 Tim. 4:1-4

God’s will can be known from Scripture for walking in holiness!

 

  • You determine if you will depend on Him.
  • You determine if you will trust Him in your decisions.
  • You determine if you are honoring Him by your life.

Message Based Discussion Questions

1) When was the first time you “wondered” what God’s will was? What did you do to try and determine what you’d have to do to obey His will?

  • I think it was in first grade when I saw this beautiful gal sitting next to me and I wondered if she was the one!
  • Actually, I did not think about it until long after being a Christian and I was a freshman in college. I asked God, “If you’re really there and you have a plan for my life, I want you to show me.”

Digging Deeper:

2) Is God sovereign over all the universe? _yes___ If God is the sovereign ruler over the universe, then why would He not also ensure His people understand what a specific plan would be (Acts 4:27-28)?God wants us to walk in that will (1 Thes. 4:3; 5:18)

  • God may provide us freedom to choose within that holy will (Gal. 5:1)
  • God does make sure we understand His holy will (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

3) Does God have a will for marriage? _yes___ What Scriptures would you use to guide living in a marriage relationship? What Scriptures would you use to determine who to marry? What do your answers tell you about God’s will for marriage?

  • I would use Eph. 5:22-28; 1 Cor. 7:1-17; 1 Pet. 3:1-7; Gen. 2:15-24
  • I have freedom to marry within God’s family 2 Cor. 6:14
  • God has instructive principles, but also gives freedom

4) Does God have a will for raising children? __yes_____ What are ten Scriptures you would use to understand how to raise children? What Scriptures would you use to determine how many children to have? What do your answers tell you about God’s will for having a family?

  • Ten Scriptures: Eph. 6:1-4; Pro. 1:10-21; 2:1-5; Ps. 127:3-5; 128:3; Gen. 1:28; Deut 28:4; 1 Chron. 28:5
  • God desires that we have children to raise up a legacy for Him. He determines the fruit of the womb. We must be content with how He provides.

Making application of the message to life:

5) What are considerations you would use to understand God’s will for where, when and how you would work? How would you help someone else who is asking the questions?

  • Provide for your family 1 Tim. 5:8
  • God gives to us richly to enjoy 1 Tim. 6:17
  • We work, because laziness is sin 2 Thes. 3:10-14
  • We work hard to share with those who have need Eph. 4:28
  • Work should keep holiness in mind 1 Thes. 4:3
  • Be on guard for what you are exposed to Eph. 5:1-14
  • Give him these guidelines and allow him to pursue where his talents lead him in the holiness of God.

6) How could someone use the phrase “God’s will” for personal (or selfish) purposes?

  • The phrase sounds spiritual, so he could convince others he has a special dispensation of God’s revelation.
  • It can be used for confidence in moving forward with a plan, allowing God to guide the forward movement.
  • He could maneuver people away from God’s will through permissiveness or legalism – both which are sin.
  • He could manipulate others into following a plan that is “about him.”

7) How much do you suppose emotions enter into the equation for “determining God’s will” for many people? How would you disciple someone to be cautious about determining God’s will in specific situations?

  • Emotions are powerful to give people “confidence” of a plan.
  • Emotions can deceive people thinking something is right, when it may be wrong. (the one who feels good physically committing adultery)
  • “Peace” may be a sign of nothing, because sometimes God’s will may cause uneasy feelings about what may be ahead. God’s will may be fought by the flesh not wanting to do God’s will, even as Jesus asked the Father to remove the cross (Luke 22:42). Jesus had peace, but not physical peace.

 

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