SERIES: Darkroom
MESSAGE: Choosing to "Go Dark"
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 11:23-29

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Though dark circumstances are everyone’s lot, no one deliberately chooses a gloomy experience. Why opt for pain when you can have pleasure? Why pick suffering when you can have solace? But Moses did exactly that. Moses was a man who made the deliberate choice to suffer. He picked the darkroom! Why he did that, how he did that, and what became of that choice are the basis for his story and his fame. We remember Moses because of his personal choice to “go dark.”

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: January 23, 2022
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “Choosing to ‘Go Dark’”
Text: Hebrews 11:23-29

Main Point
Though dark circumstances are everyone’s lot, no one deliberately chooses a gloomy experience. Why opt for pain when you can have pleasure? Why pick suffering when you can have solace? But Moses did exactly that. Moses was a man who made the deliberate choice to suffer. He picked the darkroom! Why he did that, how he did that, and what became of that choice are the basis for his story and his fame. We remember Moses because of his personal choice to “go dark.”

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” —Romans 8:18

Talk about It

  1. Talk about an activity you enjoy engaging in that doesn’t always feel good (could be a type of exercise, food, recreation, etc.). Why do you enjoy it; what’s the benefit?
  2. How have darkroom experiences afforded you opportunities to see and experience God’s grace in your own life? Has there been a turbulent time where, by God’s grace, you ended up thriving? If so, share the experience. What did you learn from walking through the trial?
  3. Jesus invites us to follow him wholeheartedly, calling us to love people unconditionally, support them relentlessly, and do so with accountability—but it doesn’t come without cost. What difficult decision is in front of you that may bear short-term heartache, but long-term gratification?
“Choices are the hinges of destiny. We make choices, and then choices make us.” —Pastor Skip

Make It Practical
Pray
Lord, thank you that you don’t waste life. You develop us in the darkest, and bleakest parts of life. And you call us to make difficult choices, and often to define our destiny. Help us to deny ourselves immediate gratification and comfort, willing to leave our idols, and ready to aim for your Kingdom. You placed us in a new family. Help us to love each other with the dignity and unity of mind and heart you called us to. Use our agony for your glory. In Jesus name.

Cross references: Exodus 1:8; Deuteronomy 34:10; Matthew 6:33; 10:37; 16:24; 19:21; Luke 14:26; Acts 7; Romans 8:18

OUTLINE


  1. His Status (v. 23)

  2. His Spurning (v. 24)

  3. His Selection (vv. 25-26)

  4. His Secret (v. 27)

  5. His Success (vv. 28-29)

Keywords: affliction, choices, decision, develop, discomfort, educated, education, endure, faith, glory, Go Dark, gratification, hardship, heartache, pain, pleasure, reproach, reward, responsibilities, reward, righteousness, risk, sacrifice, solace, suffer, suffering


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