Not What I Had in Mind

New Philly Itaewon
Preached by Marcus Corpening on March 22, 2015, Sunday.
Duration: 46 minutes (audio)


Discussion Questions


  1. Read Exodus 16:1-3. P. Marcus mentioned in his message that one of Satan’s chief goals is to convince us that God’s blessing is actually a burden. How did this scheme play out in the lives of the Israelites? Have you ever felt like this was true in your life?
  2. P. Marcus identified two particular misconceptions in regards to the blessing of God. What were they? Which one do you feel like you have struggled with the most?
  3. Read Genesis 2:7-9, 15. Who was the first “worker” that we find in the Bible? Did this job come before or after God’s blessing? What did P. Marcus say that this fact shows in regards to the blessing of God?
  4. Share a time when God’s blessing, an open door, a promotion, or a new opportunity required more of you than you expected. If given the opportunity, would you take it back now? Why or why not?
  5. Are you feeling overwhelmed in this current season (whether in work, ministry, or in your personal life)? How do you think God may be using it to prepare you for a greater blessing in the future?
  6. Read Genesis 13:2-9. God blessed Abram and Lot with many material blessings. What was the result of God’s blessing in their lives? Has there ever been a time where God’s blessing in your life caused a separation or conflict between you and others? How did you deal with it in the moment?
  7. Other than Abram and Lot, are there any other examples in the Bible where conflict resulted in people’s lives due to the blessing of God? How did God use it to bless them? Are there any areas of your life where you’re currently experiencing hardship, persecution, or conflict? How do you feel that God may be turning this around for your good?

Homework: Memorize Romans 8:28 as a CG. Pray for those CG members who may be feeling overwhelmed, tired, or in the midst of tough crises. Declare that God is working to turn all things around for their good, and to continue to bless them!

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