Sermon Based Small Groups

Survival Tips

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Sermon-Based Group Study

For the message on October 30, 2022
Passage: Acts 27:27-44

QUICK REVIEW

Looking back at your notes from this Sunday’s message, what part of the message spoke to you the most? What encouraged you the most? What challenged you the most?

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

In part 4 of our How to Get Through What You’re Going Through series, Mike shares some valuable survival tips for getting through the storms of life. What precaution(s) do you take at home when a severe storm is approaching?

LET’S GO DEEPER

1. This Sunday, we were reminded that we have a choice in how we respond to the storms of life. We can choose to feed our faith, or we can feed our fears. What are some ways that we commonly feed our fears?  Read through the following passage and note some ways to feed our faith and starve our fears.

Philippians 4:6-9 (NLT2)
6  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9  Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

 

 

Is all fear bad? Can fear be a good thing? Explain. When does fear become detrimental to your faith and life?

 

 

2. In the message, we heard about the importance of physically caring for ourselves as we go through life’s storms. The crew battled the raging winds, rain, and waves for two weeks without eating or getting much sleep. Paul was concerned for their wellbeing. Eating well, regular exercise, and rest must be prioritized in a believer’s life because our physical bodies play a huge role in our spiritual life.  How does the physical affect the spiritual in your life?  What insight do the following passages provide about the importance of physically caring for ourselves?

1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

Ephesians 5:28-29 (NLT)
28  In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29  No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.

Mark 6:31 (NLT)
31  Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.

 

Do you have a plan for taking care of your physical body regularly? If so, what is it?

 

Is there an adjustment in your eating, exercising, and sleeping that needs to be made?

 

3. When it came time for the crew to abandon the battered and broken ship and head for shore, some swam while others held onto planks from the broken ship. All escaped safely to shore. What a vivid picture of determination and resolve! Many were holding onto pieces of the sinking ship and clinging to the hope that God would fulfill His promise they would all survive. What verses or promises of God do you cling to when you go through difficult storms? If you need some of these scriptures, write them down and commit them to memory!

 

 

4. As we have done in previous group meetings in this series, we want to pray for one another as we journey through the storms of life. How can this group pray for you today?

 

 

TAKE IT HOME

1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?

2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?

 

Prayer Requests:

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