Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on January 14, 2018
Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:8
Looking back at your notes from this week’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. What did you stress out about when you were a teenager? Has the source of the stress that you experience in life now changed from your teenage years?
2. What is one unhealthy way that you have dealt with stress? What is one healthy way that you have dealt with stress?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. When the stresses of life press in, our faith doesn’t have to cave in. What promises do the following verses give us as we seek to stand firm in a stressful world?
Romans 8:25-28 (ESV)
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)
10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Ephesians 6:10-12 (ESV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
- Which one of these verses speaks to you the most in light of the current stresses that you are facing?
- How has God used stress in your life to strengthen rather than weaken your faith?
2. In the message on Sunday, Mike talked about the importance of having other believers around us we can lean on during stressful times. What do the following verses say about the value of Christian friends in our lives?
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Acts 2:42-47 (ESV)
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Hebrews 3:12-14 (ESV)
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
- How have you benefited in the past from bring in a small group on NorthStar or another church?
- Who is a close Christian friend who has help you walk closer to the Lord?
3. When faced with stressful situations, the Bible prescribes prayer for the believer. According to the following scripture passages, how can going to the Lord in prayer help us through stressful times?
Psalm 55:22 (ESV)
22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Isaiah 40:30-31 (ESV)
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
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.
TAKE IT HOME
1. Looking back at this week’s teaching and study, what one thing is most important for you to remember and why?
2. How might you want to deal with stress differently this week because of what we’ve talked about?