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God Never Said That

This four-week series tackles common myths about God, like “God wants you happy” or “God never gives you more than you can handle,” and how those myths keep us from having a deeper relationship with Him.

God Wants You Happy - Part 1

We love offering little nuggets of advice, support, or sympathy. They come in handy when we want people to feel better. But what if the guidance you’re giving or receiving just isn’t true? What if God Never Said That?

May all who are godly be happy…Psalm 97:12 NLT96

The theology of happiness:

  1. Whatever makes me happy must be right. Whatever makes me unhappy must be wrong.
  2. Discomfort, delay, risk, suffering, inconveniences, and obstacles can’t be God’swill.
  3. Without knowing it, I begin to worshipthe false gods of comfort, money, pleasure, and things.
Talk It Over

A couple ice breaker questions to get everyone talking

  1.  If God really were a cosmic soda machine, which drink would you be?
  2. What are some things that just plain make you happy?
  3. What does culture say you need to be happy?
  4. How much of your day do you spend seeking out things that make you happy?

Better possessions + peaceful circumstances + thrilling experiences + the right relationships + the perfect appearance = happiness.