Rise Above – Part 4 – “Powerlessness”
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, May 10, 2020
What does it mean to be powerless? How do we Rise Above it?
Life Group Study Guide – From May 10, 2020
Rise above: Powerlessness
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1. In what ways do people struggle with feelings of powerlessness these days?
2. Read Matthew 14:13-16. Imagine yourself one of the disciples here, what would you have been thinking when you heard this?
3. Read Matthew 14:17-21. The disciples were facing an impossible situation, something they were powerless to handle. Jesus, though, did not direct them to make the impossible possible, he directed them do what they could do – bring what they had to Jesus, and, use what He supplied them to bless others – and then trust Jesus for the rest. This displays the first step in rising above powerlessness: take responsibility for your part to do what you can do.
Are you more likely to take too much responsibility for the problems you see, or not enough? or would you say your response is usually, just right? Why?
How do we take responsibility for what we can do, when we know that ‘what we can do’ isn’t going to be enough? Can you think of an example?
4. Read Matthew 14:22-33. A second step in rising above powerlessness is to wisely take initiative – determine a course of action and pursue it. Here, Peter followed what seemed like a crazy impulse, but it was tempered with wisdom that we can learn from: ask for permission, follow clear instruction, cry out to Jesus when you start to sink…
Who do you identify with in this scene? – Peter? One of the other disciples? Why?
Is there some way that Jesus may be calling you out of the boat these days?
5. Read Matthew 14:34-36. Jesus could have healed everyone on the planet of every illness at any time, yet he chose here to only heal those who came and at least touched his robe. It seems from the text that Jesus agreed to this method in that situation. What does this say about our third step in rising above powerlessness: act expectantly?
Read James 4:2-3. According to this, we are to ask, and we are to ask with proper motives. Talk about what that does and does not look like.
6. God doesn’t promise to give us superpowers to do what we want, when we want. But he does promise to use us to accomplish his will, and as we act in unison with his will, he accomplishes what would be impossible for us to accomplish alone. In that sense, we are unstoppable. How does this motivate or inspire you?
Is there a step above that you need help taking? Who will you ask for help in taking it?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?