How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

Ezek. 28:11   Moreover, the word of the LORD came to me:  12 “Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord GOD: “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and dperfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. 14 You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. 16 In the abundance of myour trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. 18 By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries; so I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you. 19 All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.”

Recall from Sunday:

When we take grace for granted…

  • Ezek 28:15-16 – Violence exiles us from God’s presence

  • Ezek 28:17 – Our pride is exposed as ugliness

  • Ezek 28:18-19 – Our profanity leads to destruction by the fire of God’s presence

Instead we should receive grace with gratitude.

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

For a while, the king of Tyre ruled blamelessly, was close to God, and surrounded by beauty and wealth. When provision comes your way, how do you show gratitude to God? How are you showing him gratitude today for what he’s given you?

The king of Tyre’s wealth tempted him to gain more wealth through violence. Have you ever been tempted to get ahead by means you knew were wrong? If you resisted that temptation, how did you do it? If you gave in, what did you learn through that process?

The king of Tyre became proud because of his wealth, so God humbled him. Have you ever been humbled by God? What did God reveal about himself in that process?

If God’s grace should lead us to gratitude, this week our group could start a running gratitude thread. Start a group text or email chain for all your group members, so you all can share every time they notice something God has blessed you this week. Or have each member make a gratitude list and bring it back to share next week. Identify one or two stories of God’s blessing you could share with a non-believing friend or family member.

If God is humbling some of your members, gently lead them to the cross and remind them that God’s mercy leads them to repentance. The burden of shame, and all our humiliation, has been laid on Jesus on the cross. Help the members identify steps they can take to move away from their prideful or wrong habits.