Surrendering the Even Ifs

New Philly Hongdae (all campuses)
Preached by Emily Suen on November 8, 2015, Sunday.
Duration: 41 minutes (audio)


Preached at NP Hongdae-Alpha

Discussion Questions

CG questions written by Emily Suen.

  1. Are you a planner? Do you avoid uncertainty? Do you value careful preparation in order to manage crises? If you answered ‘yes’, then you are likely more inclined to be crisis-oriented. Discuss the healthy and unhealthy aspects of being crisis-oriented.
  2. Part of being crisis-oriented is you desire to exercise control. To some degree, we all have areas in our lives that we desire to control. What are some of these areas and why do you think you desire to control them?
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    Surrendering the “Even Ifs”

  4. Essentially, what are these “even ifs”?
  5. There are many “even ifs” that are difficult to surrender (releasing control over) to the Lord. But if you had to choose one “even if” that you are currently struggling with, what would that be?
  6. Why do we as Christians have a tendency to ignore the “even ifs”?
  7. Why is it so important that we surrender our even ifs continually?
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    Merit-based Theology vs. Christianity

  9. Read 1 Peter 3:8-13. Just because we become a Christian does not mean we are immune from suffering. In fact, even God’s righteous may suffer. Reference Job chapter 1 and discuss Job’s suffering in light of 1 Peter 3:8-13.
  10. Comment: “Circumstances can be a part of God’s goodness but circumstances cannot change God’s goodness.”
  11. How has this messaged changed the way in which you define the phrase, “God is good”? Has it freed you from any entitlement that you may have had with God?
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    Application

  13. Practicing the Ministry of Proclamation: No matter how daunting “even ifs” may seem, if they happen, or are happening, they have no power to change God’s goodness. Spend some times going around 1-by-1, surrendering your “even ifs” to the Lord. Make sure to proclaim it by using it in a complete sentence. As Christ followers, we can trust that the ending of our sentences have already been written for us. Fill In the blanks: “Even if… [i.e. I lose my job], God… [i.e. you are still in control]”.

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