June 28th, 2020
Let’s spend some time thinking together with God about this week’s message. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can watch it online here. Throughout this exercise, be aware of what God might be saying to you and what you are going to do about it.
The Scripture for this week was 1 Peter 5:6-11. Read the passage and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passage.
Dave’s Big Idea for today was that, “God cares for you.” We hear all the time about God loving us, but he also cares for us. What’s the significance here? What’s the difference? Can you do one without the other and how so?
Dave explained that genuine care means that you go out of your way to get to know someone. Share with the Group the last time that you did this with someone outside your normal social circle. What was the experience like – was your attempt reciprocated?
The passage advocates casting one’s cares on God. This flies in the face of a mindset where some people think they don’t need any help. They don’t want to impose on anyone. Dave argued that this is a form of pride. When do you think it is appropriate to ask for help? On the other end of the spectrum are those that constantly ask for help without taking any initiative on their own. What is the right balance here? When should we ask each other for help?
We are told to resist the enemy by standing firm in the faith and to know that everyone else is facing the struggle of worry/anxiety as well. What does this latter part mean to you? How can that help?
How does anxiety manifest itself in your body? Dave mentioned the three symptoms of a racing mind, spinning heart, and tightening gut. Do you notice any of these in you when you recollect times of anxiety? How could knowing this about yourself help?
Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture and hearing from others in your Group.
FOR individual Study
The Scripture for this week was 1 Peter 5:6-11. Read the passages and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passages.
As you reflect on this passage, do you honestly think that you are the kind of person that others will want to cast their burdens on? When we can admit, confess, and share with someone, our anxiety can begin to dissipate if we hand it over.
What do you make of the comment in verse 10 that reads, “after you have suffered a little while”? What do you think the author is saying here? Is the suffering part of God’s plan for human lives or not?
Perhaps related to the above question, verse 7 asks us to humble ourselves that God may lift us up “in due time.” What exactly is the due time? Due for what?
Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture.
Use what you learned to spark conversation with someone. Ask what they think about some of these topics.
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