Life Group Questions:
1. If you were not able to hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church website and listening to it. What are some main ideas that you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?
2. What key thoughts come to mind when you read through the story of Lazarus in John 11? Why do you think John included this story in his Gospel account while it is absent from the other Gospel accounts?
3. John goes on to state that Lazarus and his sisters were loved by Jesus (e.g., vs. 3, 5, 36). Do you think this is just a general statement which can be applied to all people (cf. John 3:16)? Why do you think Jesus loved these people? Do you think Jesus loved them more than He loved some others? Would it be wrong for Jesus to love some more than others? Why or why not?
4. Describe Jesus’ response when His help was requested. Does this seem like the response of one who loved Lazarus? Why or why not? Have you ever felt as though God did not show up when you needed help? Explain. What did you learn through that experience? What is the theological significance of Jesus stating that Lazarus was simply sleeping (cf. 11:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13)?
5. List some reasons as to why the disciples possibly questioned Jesus’ decision in returning to Judea? What does this decision by Jesus tell us about His confidence and determination? Describe and explain Jesus’ statement in verses 9-10.
6. Read the following passages and expound upon our key statement that, “God is at work for His glory and our good:” John 9:3; 11;4; Colossians 1:16-17; Philippians 1:6; 2:13; Romans 8:26-28; James 1:2-4; Genesis 50:20. Describe your experience with God working in and through your life? Is He working?
7. Why do we sometimes struggle with God’s timing? Have you ever questioned His timing? Explain. Do you believe God’s timing is perfect and good? Explain.
8. Scripture tells us that God’s ways and thoughts are much higher than our own (cf. Isaiah 55:8-9). Do you believe God has a plan and that He is working His plan according to His will (e.g., Isaiah 46:8-11)? Why or why not?
9. Read the following passages and describe some things that point to God’s purpose: Ephesians 1:11; 3:11; 2 Timothy 1:9. What is the purpose that God has for your life? Take time to pray and ask God for wisdom in discerning His purpose for your life and your willingness to follow His plan.