When Things Don't Go Right

John 21:1-3

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 you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?

2. Would you agree that often times things just don’t go right in our lives? Do you feel that is the case in your life? How has God used times of difficulty in your life to get your attention? How has God used times of trouble to help you grow in your Christian focus and faith?

3. Explain how it can be correct to say things don’t always go right and yet God is sovereign over all things? Do you believe everything happens according to God’s plan? Why or why not? Should we even say things don’t go right? Explain.

4. Read the following passages and explain how things did not go right: Genesis 3:17-19; 15:2-3; 16:2-5; 31:14; 2 Samuel 12:13-16; Hebrews 11:36-38. What lessons should we learn from the writer’s depiction of these instances?

5. List some factors you consider when making decisions in life. Do you believe God wants to be a part of every decision you make? Why or why not and to what extent should He be involved in our decision making (cf. Proverbs 3:5-7)? How can we know our decisions reflect God’s will for our life?

6. Have you ever been guilty of making decisions based more on frustration and emotion rather than faith in God? Give an example and explain the outcome of your decision making.

7. If our decision-making is based upon our abilities rather than the abilities of God, how will that manifest itself? List some ways in which we often base our decisions upon our own abilities rather than God’s. How much should such things as common sense, intellect and intuition play in our decision-making?

8. With the understanding that Peter most likely intended on going back to the profession of fishing and not simply a one-time fishing trip, explain your thoughts as to why he was making such a decision (cf. John 21:3). What were some factors involved in the other disciples saying they were going to follow Peter? To what extent is it proper for us to follow other people (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:33)? To what extent is it right for us to follow our “heart” (cf. Jeremiah 17:9; Ezekiel 36:26)?

9. What should we expect from decision-making based on godly and Scriptural principles? What does it mean that God works all things together for good for those who love Him (cf. Romans 8:28)? How do you need to grow in considering it all joy when things don’t go your way (cf. James 1:2-3)?

by Terry Beatty
/  Lead Teacher and Ministry Vision

Macedonia Baptist Church
10481 NC 42 West, Holly Springs, N.C. 27540
(919) 567-3460


Macedonia Baptist Church
10481 NC 42 West, Holly Springs, N.C. 27540
(919) 567-3460


Macedonia Baptist Church   /   10481 NC 42 West, Holly Springs, N.C. 27540   /   (919) 567-3460