Session 9 | Throwing axes, seeking God

WEEK 9

Key Scripture:

John 10:10 “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

 

Matthew 7:7-11  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

 

Instructions

 

Step 1: 

Watch & listen to the video below:  It is written!

Runtime: 1min 56sec 

1. Have you ever felt like you are not honest about how you felt in your prayers to God?

2. Do you think we can pour our hearts out to God no matter how we feel about Him or the situation. If so, are you honest in your prayers or do you try hiding things, your thoughts or your emotions?

3. How is your relationship with the Bible? Do you believe every word written in the Bible is truth?

4. Do you think everything in the Bible is still relevant in todays world. Do you have an example of something you read and it was 100% applicable to your current situation?

5. You learnt that we do not get “the 5 step plan” but rather we get God, who fathers us. Do you think the Bible is one way He is fathering us into an adventure with Him? what are other ways He fathers us?

6. The Bible tells us the Written Word is Jesus – do you know where it is written? Does this concept make sense to you?

7. Jesus again says, the only way to know God the Father is through Him. Have you discovered Jesus, the Word?

8. Do you have a yearning to read the Written Word everyday? Is it a part of your daily adventure with God? Explain – be honest!

Do this before you go onto Step 2.

READ: 

The simplest definition of prayer is talking to God. While that’s certainly true, prayer is also a unique place where we experience the breadth and depth of the Christian life.

Still, prayer isn’t easy—even though it’s one of the most vital parts of our relationship with God. Thankfully, God didn’t leave us without guides to help us learn to pray. Throughout his Word, we see many examples of powerful, honest prayers that we can use as models—or even repeat word for word.

The most famous example—for good reason—is the Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:5–15, Luke 11:1–4), in which Jesus teaches his disciples to pray. Yet Scripture records many prayers offered in diverse settings by many people.

The following passages include only excerpts of the prayers uttered throughout Scripture, yet they demonstrate the depth of heartache and joy that can exist in our communication with God.

1. Jesus’ high priestly prayer—John 17
All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. (John 17:10–11)

2. Moses and Miriam’s song of victory—Exodus 15:1–21
I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (Exodus 15:1–2)

3. Hannah’s prayer of praise—1 Samuel 2:1–10
The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world. (1 Sam 2:7–8)

4. Asaph’s psalm of despair—Psalm 77
I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. (Ps 77:1–2)

5. David’s prayer of repentance—Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! (Ps 51:1–2)

6. Solomon’s prayer of dedication—2 Chronicles 6:14–42
O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart, who have kept with your servant David my father what you declared to him. You spoke with your mouth, and with your hand have fulfilled it this day. (2 Chr 6:14–15)

7. The Pharisee’s and tax collector’s prayers—Luke 18:9–14
The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ (Luke 18:11–13)

8. Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church—Ephesians 1:15–23
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him . . . (Eph 1:16–17)

Pray the prayers above just as they are. Repeat them if needed. Be honest and reveal your heart to God, may His response enrich you today. 

Step 2: 

Watch the video below: Wild Life Session 9 | Throwing axes & seeking God? Write it while you watch it so you don’t forget it.

Runtime: 10min 59sec 

9. With which guy or guys story did you relate in this session? Jason – Ronnie – Trey – Will – Clay – Jay – Tony

10. Why did you relate to him/them? What stood out for you in the video above?

11. Let’s just go there. How well do you feel you really know God? Is there anything you wish was better or different about your relationship with God?

12. The guys talked about some really practical and unique ways to connect with God. What works for you? Did you hear anyting new you want to try?

13. Do you have creative ways that you can share with the group on how you seek God? 

14. Read Matthew 7:7-11. What is Jesus asking us to do? What is He promising in return? What steps do you need to take this week?

Take a moment

Make sure you do not have any distractions, sit silently for a moment, take a few deep breaths.

Now listen to a Worship song, really listen. Maybe choose one from below. Write down some of the words or phrases of the song.

Talk to God, just like you would chat with a friend, your father or a sibling. Be honest about how you are feeling.

Take your lesson, song and chat with God notes and write down a prayer asking the Holy Spirit for guidance.

Step 3: 

Watch the video below: Fishing Stories & Relationships

Runtime: 9min 17sec

Step 4:

15. How reluctant were you to join this or any other small group at first. Did someone kind of have to turn your arm to join? How has it turned out? Will you join other small groups in the future?

16. What is the most difficult thing to overcome in a small group? Will you encourage other men to do a course like this in the future?

17. Will you say this Wild Life Course has enriched your life to some degree? Do you have any “light bulb” moments you would like to share?

18. Is there anything you have learnt so far that you practically implemented in the past few months, and had some positive results you would like to share?

19. Do you have any “fishing” (Adventure or War) stories that may be a favorite to tell. Why do you think it is important to have adventure stories you can retell?

20. Do you make friends easily? Explain your current friendships.

21. Does your wife/partner also try and set you up with “male dates”, like with Roger in the video above.

22. Do you currently have a friend or friends you can really chat about “deep” things? Do you think men need such friendships? Why?

23. In the video Roger mentioned that trust is very important, and trust takes time to build. What else is important in male friendships? What specific things are important to you?

24. In the video Roger explains the difference between what defines you as a man and what is an expression of being the man, did this mean something to you?   

25. If our relationships in life defines us as men, then how important is it to have a great honest relationship with God?

26. Can you agree that a lack in a good relationship with God can create confusion in what defines you as a man? Men are in a state of confusion, and that is why we are seeking validation in all the wrong relationships and stuff. How can we get men out of a state of confusion?

27. How should we measure our success as men – do you agree with Roger’s statement in the video?

28. Do you have guys who will pray with you and help when you feel stuck, lost or just need a hand? How’d you make these friends?

29. Of the five relationships we’ve talked about – to woman, to fathers, to kids, to friends, and to God – where are you doing well? Where do you want to see more progress? 

30. Roger talked about how friends can start in a group setting but will hopefully lead to something even deeper and more personal. What are some practical ways we could become better friends to each other?

 

Step 5:

Connect with your group and group leader on WhatsApp again. Update them on how things are going. If you have need or prayer requests let them know.

Make sure you have week 9 discussion link and chat password. Get this from your LCF Group Leader.

Do not talk outside the group – mutual respect builds strong friendships and good character.

Come prepared & expectant – especially spiritually. Let the Holy Spirit work! 

Step 6: 

Be on the lookout for the next session: Session 10 – released every new Week.

Next time:
Next time we’re together, we play a few games and chat about winning.

GOOD BOOKS TO READ
GREAT SONGS TO LISTEN TO
STORIES OF REAL PEOPLE

Chad’s Story

“He said, ‘You killed me.’”

As a police officer, Chad Robichaux had to make a life-or-death decision. As a Force Recon Marine, he witnessed unspeakable evil. Eight tours later those memories still haunted him.

“Somewhere in between when you get there to do something noble and you leave, you become that person yourself.”

His marriage and his family began falling apart. “I was out of control,” he says. ““I built a wall between me and my family to protect them from me.”

Then the PTSD set in. It got so bad he was removed from duty. He turned to MMA to cope, and became a champion fighter. But not even that could heal the pain from Afghanistan.

With his marriage “dead” and suicidal thoughts filling his head, Chad started searching for answers. His wife began searching, too. And when she finally revealed what she found, it started to change everything and led to a crucial decision in Chad’s life.