Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on April 26, 2020
Passage: Philippians 4:4-10
This Sunday, Mike continued our series on Soul Care by looking at the power of prayer. Instead of worrying, Paul said we should take everything to God in prayer. As a result, His peace will guard our hearts and minds as we keep treasuring Christ above all things.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What is your greatest concern during the current pandemic?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Paul tells us to not worry about anything. Worry is when we start playing God by trying to control the uncontrollable in our lives. Jesus had much to say about worry. What are some of the takeaways for you personally from His teachings below?
Matthew 6:25-34 (NLT2)
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
What is something you need to worry less about that is robbing you of peace and joy?
2. Instead of worrying, Paul tells us to pray about everything. Based on the following verses, is there anything too insignificant or too big for God to handle?
Isaiah 40:15 (NLT2)
15 No, for all the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket. They are nothing more than dust on the scales. He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand.
Jeremiah 32:27 (NLT2)
27 “I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?
1 Peter 5:7 (NLT2)
7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Luke 12:7 (NLT2)
7 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
What do you typically pray about the most? What has been left out of your prayers that you need to include?
3. As we walk in relationship with Jesus and learn how valuable He is, we will grow in contentment when we face hardships. After reading the verses below, how do you define contentment?
1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NLT2)
6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NLT2)
9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
How does a believer’s prayer life indicate how much he or she values Jesus? What would it look like in your life this week if you truly treasured Jesus above all things?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?