The Promises and Presence of God
The Promises of God
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Promises are made to be broken.” At times, this might be true of humans, but God’s promises are guaranteed to be fulfilled. What can we learn about God’s promises?
- God always fulfills His promises.
- God’s intended blessing can be limited by our imagination.
The Presence of God
We have all had leaders in our life. Some good, some not so good. They have all made an impact in our life. We are told that Jesus is our leader and His presence in our life will have an eternal influence. What exactly does God’s presence produce in our life?
- God’s presence produces the blessing of peace.
- God’s presence produces the blessing of holiness.
- God’s presence produces an eternal perspective.
Study and Discussion Questions
1. Have you ever looked back in your life and noticed that God had in store for you something much better than you anticipated? Did you ever forfeit any of God’s promises because you decided to venture down a path of selfishness?
2. Read 1 Kings 8:27. In Solomon’s prayer, he acknowledges that God’s presence cannot be contained in a temple. In the sermon, we learned that the temple has been destroyed and God now calls Christians “the temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19). If we are now God’s temple, then how can we experience His presence?
3. Jesus is preparing a dwelling place in heaven for us (John 14:2). What will life be like in heaven? How will we interact with others in heaven since we will live in peace? What will it be like to live with complete holiness? How will it be different from life on earth?
Applying the Word to Life
4. Do you believe Ephesians 3:20? When have you asked God for something and expected His promise to be fulfilled?
5. Is Jesus really your leader? Or do you lead yourself? What would it look like to make Jesus your leader? How would that change your agenda? Would you give up certain activities? Would you focus on different values? Do you have an eternal perspective?
6. What does it mean that Jesus will be with you to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20)? We know the promise that we will live with God forever in heaven, but what does that look like on this earth? How do you walk with Jesus daily?