By Dan Lentz
1. What unexpected turn of events have you experienced in the past year?
2. Did the turn of events become a positive thing for you in the long run, or a negative one?
3. This section of Scripture focuses on events during a storm at sea that Paul, his fellow prisoners, the Roman soldiers, and the ship’s crew experienced. From the advice Paul gave his fellow shipmates, what can we conclude is important when we face trials of various kinds?
4. Sometimes we neglect to take care of ourselves during trials. But as they say during airline safety presentations, “Put your own oxygen mask on first before assisting others.” How can you be proactive and take care of yourself as you encounter the storms of life?
5. It’s good to have a plan for “putting your own oxygen mask on first.” Share what should be part of your plan with the group, and ask group members to hold you accountable for your plan.
6. The Lord provided a safe landing place for Paul and his shipmates. What has the Lord provided for you during your storms that you couldn’t provide for yourself?
7. Life can be sliced into many different pieces. If you sliced your life into relationships, vocation, and health, what would be your top prayer request in each area? Share those with the group and pray for one another as you conclude the group.
Dan Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.