Week of 1/15/2017

I Choose

Session 2 - Surrender Over Control

Getting Started

  • If you could have full control over something, what would it be?
  • Who rules the TV remote in your house?

Dig Deeper

Read Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
  • How is this Scripture inconsistent with culture?
  • Why do you think we tend to naturally choose control over surrender?
  • In which areas of your life are you most controlling: family, work, money, friendships, or something else? How does this impact people you care about?
  • Talk about the last time you felt completely out of control. What did you learn?
Read Genesis 16:1-4
1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “The lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. 3 So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram had settled in the land of Canaan.) 4 So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt.
  • Have you ever tried taking God’s plans into your own hands? How did that turn out?
  • Share a past or present experience where you’ve given God your trust. How are you practically doing this? What does it look like to give this to God?
  • Jesus, we’ve been trying to run our lives like we know better than You. Forgive us. Holy Spirit we invite You to loosen our grip on control. Father, we surrender our family, our finances, our work, to You. Amen.

3 Questions to Help You

  1. Is it worth my concern?
  2. Is it mine to control?
  3. Is it for God alone?

What’s Your Next Step?

  • What are you trying to control? How can you surrender this to God? What's your Next Step this week?
  • Write down the thing you’re trying to control on paper. Put this paper somewhere you spend time every day and repeatedly give it to God in prayer.