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Eastridge Church

Silent Nights

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas carol? What do you like about it? 
  2. Have you ever witnessed someone demonstrate faith despite God’s silence in his or her life? How did it affect you?  
  3. Talk about a time when God was silent in your life. How did you respond? 
  4. Has God’s silence ever caused you to wonder if he exists? How did God resolve that season of silent nights in your life? How did it change your faith?   
  5. Read together Elizabeth’s story; Luke 1:8-25.  How does her faith after years of silence encourage you?  Challenge you?  
  6. Read Psalm 27:13–14 together. How do these verses challenge you? How do they comfort you?     
  7. Are you in a season of silent nights right now? If so, what can this group do to support and encourage you to trust God’s presence even now?  

MOVING FORWARD

Our greatest regrets in life come when we believe God has abandoned us and we take life into our own hands. Our greatest displays of faith come in those seasons of silent nights when we hear his silence and feel his absence but nevertheless trust his presence and move forward, knowing and believing that truth.

If you’re in a season of silent nights right now, pray this prayer: “Lord, though I hear your silence, help me see with faith. Help me see your presence.” Never confuse God’s silence with his absence.  He is here, and He is not silent.

CHANGING YOUR MIND

“The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor…” Luke 1:25

 

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