Small Groups Weekly Bible Study – July 22-28

It’s Personal – Week 3

“Be anxious for nothing,… and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Theme: Anxiety – Undue Worry About the What God has Under Control

Warm-Up Questions:
What is the most worrisome thing you have ever been concerned about?
What was most challenging for you from the message when you think about how you deal with anxiety?

Observation and Interpretation Questions:

 Read Luke 12:22 – 35 -Jesus’ Proposal 
1.            Why did Jesus focus the crowd’s attention on food and clothing (verses 22-24)?
2.            Why do you think people have such worry about the unknown (verses 25-26)?
3.            Why did Jesus switch from the birds of the air to make His point (verses 27-28)?
4.            How would you restate the principle Jesus concludes with (verse 35)?

Read John 16:33 – Jesus’ Prayer
1.    Why did Jesus pray for the disciples to have peace in Him?
2.    What do you think Jesus meant by us being in this world?
3.    What does it mean to you that Jesus has overcome the world?
4.    Why do you think it is difficult for most folks to be of good cheer?

Read Philippians 4:5-8 – Paul’s Reminder
1.    How do you think you would have felt if you were a believer in Philippi (verse 5)?
2.    What do you think Paul means by the “prayer and supplication” (verse 6)?
3.    Why is so important that or minds AND hearts are guarded (verse 7)?
4.    How might you begin to implement this ministry in your life (verse 8)?
5.   What is one thing that you can take away from Jesus’ and Paul’s comments?

Application Questions
  1.  How are you going to let facing your anxiety challenge your thinking this week?
  2. What can you do to make God’s call to be worry-free a bigger part of your lifestyle?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us a fresh awareness of what it might mean for us to really
become free in Christ of the anxiety that would otherwise grip our hearts and minds.

Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives
this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal
concerns or praises you have.    

Going Deeper

What is your immediate reaction to the statement:
“Your self-talk often contradicts the fact that God will provide for you because He has declared you precious?”

Read 1 Peter 4:5. God opposes the proud
Why do you think Peter reminds everyone to clothe ourselves with humility?

Read 1 Peter 4:6. God will exalt you at the proper time
What does Peter mean by waiting for the proper time for God to act in your behalf?

Read 1 Peter 4:7. God wants you to cast your worries on Him
How might you describe the process of actually doing this on a daily basis?

Read 1 Peter 4:8. We have an enemy that wants to keep us from God
Why does Peter remind us that we have an enemy who acts as a vicious lion?

Prayer: Father, help us to humble ourselves under Your mighty hand trusting that when
the time is right, You will raise us up to enjoy all that You have for us.