It's Thursday, December 7, 2017. In this familiar passage of Scripture, those who call themselves followers of Jesus are COMMANDED not to be anxious in any form or fashion. Is this even humanly possible? Find out what the Apostle Paul recommends and GUARANTEES will work!!! - Chris Adomanis
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What in life gives you the most anxiety? Have you ever gone through great anxiety only to find that it wasn't all that big of a deal?
Heavenly Father, forgive us for sometimes focusing on temporal things that may bring fleeting happiness rather than on heavenly matters that bring eternal joy. We want to be a people known for our gentleness and mercy all for Your glory and honor. Thank You for being a God who desires to hear from His children and bestow on them Your peace. Amen.
DISCOVER [Philippians 4:4-7]
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_ What do you think it means to "rejoice in the Lord always"? Why does Paul say it again?
_ What does it mean to be "reasonable"? Hint: read this passage in the Amplified Version of the Bible.
_ What does it mean for the Lord to be "at hand"? Why is this important in the context of this passage?
_ What does it mean to offer prayer and supplications "with thanksgiving"? Why is this important in the context of this passage?
_ What does it mean to have "the peace of God"?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ How do you respond to anxiety in your life? Why? Will you change? Confess and repent to the Lord and He will forgive and strengthen you!!!
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Who in your life TODAY is the Lord prompting you to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
_ Do you have someone in your life TODAY that challenges you (and you challenge back) to be an effective witness for Christ?