To declare independence from God is to invite Him to confuse our plans.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful, or difficult to understand from this Sunday?
- Has God ever frustrated a plan you had? What happened and how did you deal with it?
- Read and discuss Genesis 11:1-9. What major themes do you notice here? What stands out to you about the character of God? How does this represent man’s arrogance in proclaiming his independence from God?
- How does God “coming down” (v. 5, 7) provide a contrast between man’s power and creation and God’s?
- How was the confusion of languages and the scattering of the people an act of divine kindness from the Lord?
- Where do you see each of these lessons from this account? God will not be mocked. Human wisdom is foolishness to God. Our towers represent our insecurities. God turns our rebellion into submission. God’s greatest fear becomes his reality.
- What other lessons for us and/or the church do you observe in this account?
- Discuss this statement: To declare independence from God is to invite Him to confuse our plans. In what ways do you try to declare your independence from God? What “towers” have you tried to build in your life?
- Spend some time in prayer about the things you’ve discussed. Pray that the Lord in His kindness would reveal and frustrate any efforts in your life to be independent from Him.