Wk 2 // My Family Is In A Phase // Seasons of Life

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ICEBREAKER

  • What is your favorite season of the year? Why?

  • While we might wish that summer or spring might last forever, the four seasons are necessary. Why are these seasons necessary? How does that help us understand why different seasons of life are necessary?

INTRODUCTION

In this week’s sermon, Pastor Brian talked about different phases, or seasons, of life. In every season we have an opportunity to grow in our faith, and to let God work in our lives. The bible talks about these various seasons in a well known passage from Ecclesiastes.

Solomon, in Ecclesiastes 3, meditates on the complex nature of life in a fallen world and concludes, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (v. 1). This tells us that while we may struggle to make sense of the season of life we are in, our current circumstances are not a surprise to God. In today’s study we will discover how we can trust that God has a purpose for the season of life we find ourselves in.

SERMON RECAP

Spend a few minutes recapping this week's sermon together. Click here to view the sermon notes.

  • What was one takeaway from this week's sermon for you?

  • Were there any stories, ideas, or points that stuck out?

  • Was there anything that challenged you?

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  • Why might it be important for us to stop and consider the season of life we are currently in?

  • What was the most difficult season of life you have gone through? What made it so difficult?

  • Looking back, what did you learn from that experience?

Have a volunteer read Ecclesiastes 3:1-11.

  • Solomon begins this section of section of Ecclesiastes by reminding his readers that there is “a time to be born and a time to die” (v. 2). Why is it important for us to be aware of this?

NOTE
By beginning this section of Ecclesiastes with a reminder that there is “a time to die,” Solomon reminds us that we are mortal and our time here on earth is limited.

  • What do the contrasting seasons Solomon mentions in verses 2-8 teach us about the nature of life?

  • Many of these contrasting seasons highlight the limitations of human nature. Why is it important for us, as Christians, to be mindful of our human limitations?

NOTE
Life is composed of joy and sorrow, building and destroying, and living and dying. Each comes at the proper time. This reminds us that we are creatures of time and not yet able to partake of the joys of eternity. Realizing our human limitations reminds us that we are dependent upon God for everything.

  • Why might God allow us to go through difficult times? What is God teaching us in such situations?

Have a volunteer read 1 Peter 1:3-9.

  • What does Peter say brings great joy (see vv. 3-5)?

NOTE
Trials and difficulties can be a blessing because they often force us to cut ties with the things of the world and run to Christ. When we face trying times, God challenges us to consider where we have been turning for hope and joy. In these moments, believers will turn to Christ to strengthen their faith and deepen the joy they have in Him.

  • Peter indicates in verse 7 that God has a plan for the trials that He lets believers face. What is that plan? What is God doing in believers as He lets them face trials?

  • How might trusting Christ in the midst of trials result in “inexpressible and glorious joy” (v. 8)?

NOTE
Peter says that trials show the proven character of your faith. He compares trials to purifying gold in a furnace. To make higher quality gold, a craftsman would heat the gold in a furnace so that the impurities would rise to the surface and the craftsman could remove them to make the gold more precious and valuable. In other words, God allows us to go through trials in order to draw us closer to Himself and so that Christ would become increasingly more valuable to us.

APPLICATION

  • What difficult situations and circumstances are you or your family currently facing? How might God be using that situation to strengthen your faith and deepen your relationship with Him?

  • How might studying God’s Word help you learn to embrace the season of life you are in and learn from it?

  • Who do you know that needs to be reminded that God is in control and has a purpose for their lives? How might you encourage them to trust Christ in the midst of their difficulties this week?

PRAYER

Thank God for demonstrating His love so boldly and freely by giving up His Son on the cross for our sins. Pray that the Lord would help us to trust that He is constantly working for our good, even in the midst of trials and difficulties. Ask God to help us testify of His goodness and mercy no matter what season of life we find ourselves in.

Brian Otte