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November 5 & 6, 2011
I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery.
PSALM 31:12 (NIV)
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
JOHN 16:33 (NIV)
How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face
from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have
sorrow in my heart?…PSALM 13:1,2 (NIV)
“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”…MATTHEW 27:46
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his
work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns…PHILIPPIANS 1:6
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being
renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.
Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things
that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things
we cannot see will last forever…2 CORINTHIANS 4:16-18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
…let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully
trusting him…HEBREWS 10:22A
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is
God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus…1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18
…we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to
keep his promise…HEBREWS 10:23
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When
they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has
given us…2 CORINTHIANS 1:4
All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.
1. What are some of your broken dreams? What is the hardest part about dealing with the loss of something
you truly hoped would happen?
2. While we all come from different life situations, every one of us knows what it feels like to have a broken
dream. Describe the broken dream that has had the most impact on your life and how it changed you – for
better or worse.
3. Select the response(s) that you are most likely to say when life goes in a direction you hadn’t planned:
a. Haven’t I been through enough? I can’t buy a break! b. This isn’t fair! I’m a good person.
c. Why me? d. Other: _______________________
4. When someone has a broken dream, he or she might turn toward God in a variety of ways. Some call out
for help while others blast God for not doing something about the situation. What’s your attitude toward
God when your life goes down a dark and difficult road? Furthermore, is it okay for us to be honest with
God about our broken dreams?
5. Some people (including many Christians) are under the impression if they are a “good person” and try to
live a good life, then God should make sure things turn out well for them. What’s wrong with this mindset?
Use some of the verses from this weekend’s message to share how you would talk with someone who
doesn’t understand why God has let them down.
6. Even when life completely falls apart the Bible tells us that when we draw close to God we will experience
hope and healing. How can broken dreams cause us to draw closer to God in a way that we wouldn’t
otherwise? Describe how this has been true for you?
7. Gratitude plays an important role in healing from our broken dreams. How so? List five things that you are
grateful for – even though your life might not be going the direction you hoped it would be.