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If you sometimes wish that God would make decisions for you, these 9 studies are for you. From Scripture we will learn the anatomy of a wise decision and how to apply it to our own choices, big and small.
Getting the Most Out of Decisions: Seeking God's Guidance
This section introduces the topic, explains the structure followed in each study and offers tips for those approaching the study on their own as well as those participating in a group.
Why Is God Silent?
What is the connection between receiving God’s guidance and a concern for justice? Why might God be withholding his light from us as a nation? from you as an individual?
Hard & Painful Decisions
If God wanted Paul to go to Jerusalem, why did the Holy Spirit give so many warnings not to go? How has God encouraged and prepared you for difficult times in your life?
God’s Unique Plan
What responsibility do you have to “test and approve what God’s will is”? How can you take this responsibility seriously?
The Anatomy of a Wise Decision
Why is a commitment to “love and faithfulness” important to making a wise decision?
According to the criteria given in 3:10-11, who do you know that you might go to for advice?
2 Timothy 3:10–4:8
Keep On Praying
In what ways are we to be like the persistent neighbor? How are we to practice asking, seeking and knocking?
Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-18
How Does God Speak?
What is Jesus’ purpose in having the Spirit sent to us? What help can we expect from the Holy Spirit in making decisions?
What If I Make the Wrong Decision?
Where does Sarai place the blame for her troubles? Why do you think people are reluctant to take responsibility for their decisions?
To what extent has “the abundance of possessions” been an ingredient in your decision-making process?
Total number of pages - 63 pages
Leader's Notes: included with master PDF for download
Author's Info: Donald Baker is pastor of First Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa, and Bethel Reformed Church of Lester, Iowa. He formerly served as a staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He wrote the LifeGuide® Bible Studies Joshua, Judges, Philippians and 1 & 2 Thessalonians.
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