Risk – Study Guide

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Personal Reflection 

  •  Are you a natural risk taker?
  • What things are you prepared to risk for?  And at what cost?
  • And what would hold you back from taking a risk?
  • Try to think through specific situations you face at work, or in other parts of your life.

As a Christian … 

  •  What risk do you face from following God?
  • Is there a risk in being known as a Christian?
  • Are you ever asked/told to do things that you have to say no to?  Does that cost you?
  • Do you ever have to defend something or someone because of being a Christian, at a cost to yourself?
  • Are you ever tempted to compromise in these areas in order to avoid the cost?

Relating to God … 

  • If you didn’t have a guarantee that something would work, what would you attempt that would be worth the risk?
  • How do you relate to God over that question?

Risk at work … 

  • Does the quality of your work cause a risk for others?
  • At what point will you say something’s good enough, even though there’s a risk that it could fail at a cost to others?
  •  Is your property or workplace safe for you and others?
  • How much would it cost to make it safer?
  • How do you decide whether to pay that cost?

 

Bible Study

Read Exodus 21:28-36.

  • How is this relevant for today?
  • Do any of your property, tools, or work have the potential to harm others?
  • What precautions do you take to minimise the risk?
  • What would you do if something went wrong?

Read 1 Samuel 13:23-14:14.

  • Why did Jonathan take this risk?  What might it have cost him?
  • What basis did he have for believing it was worth the risk?
  • Do you face situations where you think God might help you, but you’re not sure?
  • What helps you decide whether it’s worth the risk?
  • How do you relate with God about that?

Read Acts 20:17-21:15.

  • What was Paul trying to achieve?
  • What could it cost him?
  • Why did he think it was worth the risk?
  • Why were the people in Acts 21:10-14 reluctant to let Paul take that risk?
  • How do you respond to people you love following God, at likely cost to themselves?

 

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