Waiting in the Wings

September 10, 2023   /   Pastor Kyle Bonenberger   /   City Church

THE TEXT: 1 Samuel 16.

Two short-sighted mistakes many of us make in waiting seasons.

  • and so much that God gives us what we – to our .

| 1 Samuel 8:10-12 |

  • Allow to talk us out of making the , hard in of us.

| 1 Samuel 16:2 | 1 Corinthians 6:18 | 2 Timothy 2:22 |

Some things to remember to help us in the midst of waiting seasons.

  • The Lord doesn’t things the way we them.

| 1 Samuel 16:7 | 1 Thessalonians 5:16 | Ephesians 5:22 | Isaiah 40:31 |

  • The Lord at the .

| 1 Samuel 16:7 |

  • is a (the?) way God .




Getting to Know You

  1. Share your name, how long you have been coming to City Church and why you joined a Small Group.
  2. If you could go somewhere to get away, where would you go and why?
  3. What is one thing that you are looking forward to this month?

Take some time to go over the Small Group Top 10 List.


What Do You Think?

Looking back at Sunday’s message, what particular point stood out, challenged you, or raised a question?

The Story of Your Life

  1. Share examples of how God’s timing has proven to be perfect in your life or in the lives of people you know. How can we remind ourselves of His faithfulness during seasons of waiting?
  2. Share a time when you struggled with doubts while waiting on the Lord. How did you overcome those doubts, and what did you learn from the experience?

Digging Deeper

  1. In Isaiah 40:31, it says, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” How can we encourage and support one another in our group to renew our strength while waiting on the Lord?
  2. In Psalm 27:14, it says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” What does this verse teach us about waiting on the Lord with the right attitude?
  3. Read the following verses and answer the following questions in light of each verse. A) What does God promise to do for those who wait upon Him? B) How do these verses encourage you to wait on the Lord in current or future situations you may face?  
    1. Lamentations 3:24-26.
    2. Isaiah 25:9.
    3. Isaiah 30:18.
    4. Psalm 40:1-5.
    5. Psalm 130:5-8.
    6. Galatians 6:9.
    7. James 5:7-8.


Personal Reflection and Application

  1. Have everyone share one thing that someone else said that struck a chord with you from the discussion.
  2. What is something you could use prayer for in this upcoming week? Take time to briefly pray for one another.
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