Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on May 10, 2020
Passage: Philippians 4:8; Romans 12:2
This Sunday, Mike continued our series on Soul Care by looking at the power of our thoughts. If we want our soul to be at peace, we should start by taking control of our thought life.
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
When is your mind at its sharpest: early in the morning, middle of the afternoon, or late at night?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message, Mike said that we need to feed our minds with truth. Read the following verses and determine when and how often the Psalmists were doing this.
Psalm 16:7 (NLT2)
7 I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.
Psalm 119:147 (NLT2)
147 I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.
Psalm 119:97 (NLT2)
97 Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long.
What are the best times of day for you to feed on God’s Word? Why do you think this is important for the follower of Christ?
How does reading, studying, meditating, and memorizing Bible verses help your overall thought life?
2. As Mike said in the message, we must battle to free our minds from destructive thoughts. These thoughts are lies that we have been told and believe. According to the following passage, how can we begin to rid our minds of false and destructive ways of thinking?
Ephesians 4:20-24 (CEV)
But that isn’t what you were taught about Jesus Christ. He is the truth, and you heard about him and learned about him. You were told that your foolish desires will destroy you and that you must give up your old way of life with all its bad habits. Let the Spirit change your way of thinking and make you into a new person. You were created to be like God, and so you must please him and be truly holy.
Can you think of a lie you believed about yourself before coming to know Christ that you don’t believe anymore now that you are a follower of Jesus? What changed your mind?
When is it appropriate to keep destructive thoughts to ourselves? When is it inappropriate?
3. In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells us to focus on the right things in order to bring peace to our souls. We can choose what to dwell on. What do the following verses say about the importance on thinking on the right things?
Colossians 3:1-2 (CEV)
1 You have been raised to life with Christ. Now set your heart on what is in heaven, where Christ rules at God’s right side. 2 Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth.
Joshua 1:8 (ESV)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Hebrews 10:24 (NLT2)
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
How would your life be different if you began to think consistently according to one of the verses listed above?
How can consistent Bible reading help you think about the good things listed in Philippians 4:8?
What would need to change this week if you began to take Philippians 4:8 seriously?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?