Psalms 23:1-6 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me;Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup over flows. 6 Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
John 6:68-69 “Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
Matthew 16:21-23 “From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me.For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Psalm 27:14 NLT “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
James 1:4 NKJV “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete,lacking nothing.”
Joshua 1:5 KJV “As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee; I will not fail thee, or forsake thee.”
We all come to church with expectations. Many of us have had a bad church experience because our expectations were not met. It’s one thing when church lets us down, but what about when Jesus fails to meet our expectations? What happens when you turn over your life to him and things don’t turn out the way you expected?
1. Talk about a time in your career or family life when you had high expectations and they were met. How did you respond?
2. Has church ever failed to meet your expectations? If so, how did it affect your view of the church? Did you continue to attend?
3. Discuss a time when God failed to meet your expectations. How did that experience influence your relationship with him?
4. How is it challenging that God defies our expectations? How is it comforting?
5. Have you ever been disappointed in God only to later discover that your expectations were different (and smaller) than his plans? If so, how has that experience shaped your faith?
6. What is one area of your life right now in which it is challenging to stick it out and see what God has planned? What is one thing you can do to be more patient? How can this group support you?
Don’t let your unmet expectations rob you of life’s greatest opportunity. Don’t let your unmet expectations cheat you out of seeing God do more than you expected. Don’t miss out on the Savior of the world because he didn’t do what you expected.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”