- How many times have you thought or said, “If only…”? Give examples.
Read John 11:1-16
- While Mary and Martha watched their brother die, Jesus decided to stay another two days in the wilderness across the Jordan (10:40). How may they have felt hearing that Jesus did not come right away and heal Lazarus?
- When have you felt Jesus delaying while you were praying for help?
- What clues do v.41-42 give us regarding why Jesus did not come right away to help his friend?
- What do you think Jesus meant in his cryptic answer to the fears of the disciples (v.8-10)?
Read John 11:17-27
- How does Jesus challenge Martha to look into the future, and at the same time, bring the future into her present?
- How do we bring God’s future into our present?
Read John 11:28-46
- If God is just like Jesus, how does the fact that ‘Jesus wept’ shape your view of God?
- When Jesus asks the people where to find Lazarus they say, “Come and see!” When Jesus called Lazarus out of the grave, He told the people around Him, “Come and see what I can do!” Where have we invited Jesus into our world? He in turn has invited us to see what He can do!
- What is Jesus telling me through this story and what do I need to do in response?
1. If you could take any kind of journey or trip right now, where would you go? Why?
2. Describe a very powerful encounter you had with God during a time of personal or corporate worship? What made it so?
Read Psalm 84:
3. What longing is the writer of this psalm highlighting in v.1-2?
4. How would you rate your longing for God right now on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)? Why?
5. Why does the Psalmist mention the birds in v.3?
6. How does vs.5-8 point toward a journey of dependence and surprise? What is the importance of having one’s heart “set” on journeying toward God when going through life’s valleys? Why do we have a tendency to want to avoid life’s valleys? How can they be transformative?
7. What’s unusual about “going from strength to strength” on a journey? How and why can that happen in life?
8. Who is the “shield” and “anointed one” referred to in v.9? What’s the significance of the psalmist’s prayer here? What does that mean for us today?
9. What could be so good about being in the Temple courts (v.10-12)? What keeps it from getting repetitious? What do these verses say about what it means to be content in life?
10. Whose walk is blameless? How can our walk be blameless today?
11. What is it that you really want in life? What have you sensed God saying to you? What are you going to do about it?