Surprised By Joy

Week 2 “The Unhurried Life”

What is God doing in you and through you? Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and died for me” Galatians 2:20 Discover an encouraging and challenging approach to a life that is worth living, and fill your world with meaning and hope

Read: 2 Kings 5:1-19

Outline:

Identify the JOY killers (2 Kings 5:1-12)

God is the SOURCE OF JOY (2 Kings 5:13-16)

    Luke 17:11-19; John 15:11

Proud LEPERS can find healing and joy (2 Kings 5:17-19a)

    Nehemiah 8:9-10; Psalm 118:24; Proverbs 15:30; Isaiah 55:12; Revelation 21:3-4

LIFE Group Discussion Guide:

Main Idea: God shows mercy to the undeserving and shares his joy with them.

CONNECTING:

When you go to work or school, what do people talk about? What is the main source of complaining? Where do people you know go to find happiness? How long does the happiness last?

Read 2 Kings 5:1-19a. Who are the main characters in this story? What can you learn from your Bible about the tensions between Syria and Israel? How would you describe Naaman? Why did Elisha refuse to come out and talk with him (5:10)?

UNDERSTANDING:

Reread 2 Kings 5:1-12. Describe the “joy killers” that each person in this story seems to have. Why does the most powerless person in the story (5:1-2) seem to be the happiest person? Why was Naaman so angry with Elisha’s actions and directions? Which of these joy killer issues most relates to your story?

Read 2 Kings 5:13-16. How does God show mercy to Naaman through his servants? What do we learn about Naaman’s character in his willingness to listen to the servant girl (5:1-3) and his servants (5:13-14)? Why did Elisha refuse to accept any gift of gratitude (5:16)?

Read 2 Kings 5:17-19a. How did Naaman’s life change? Why did he want Israelite dirt? Do you think Elisha was right to permit him to bow before the King of Syria’s idol? Why or why not?

LIVING:

In 2 Kings 5:11-12, Naaman is disappointed. He had high expectations which Elisha fails to fulfill. How do we, like Naaman, feel entitled to spectacular answers to prayer? What can we learn from our disappointments and the ways God works?

Read Luke 17:11-19. What is similar about this story with Jesus? Do you agree that “God is the most joyful person in the universe (John 15:11)? What does our gratitude say about us?

Assignment: Randy said “proud lepers can find healing and joy” (5:17-19a). Of the four steps toward joy, which one is most meaningful to you? Read the Scriptures aloud together with your group (Nehemiah 8:9-10; Psalm 118:24; Proverbs 15:30; Isaiah 55:12 and Revelation 21:3-4).

Talk about this with your group: Can you become a “mentor of joy” for someone else? Who? When? What? How?

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