Week of 10/1/2017

What Keeps You Up at Night

Week 1 - Combating Fear  

Talking through the message during the week helps you and your group turn what God is saying to you into action steps. Begin with the key questions, add any optional scriptures and questions if needed, and then wrap up by deciding on your next steps.

Main Idea

As a Christ follower, our fear problem is really a faith problem.  

Discussion Questions:

  • What is your greatest irrational fear?
  • Jesus spoke about fear more than any other topic. How does fear cripple us and steal our hope and joy?
  • According to the message what are the two important questions we should ask when it comes to fear? (Where does my fear come from? How do I combat it?)

Read Proverbs 3:5

  • Realizing we can choose where we focus, why is focus so important when combating fear?
  • What is it that we are trusting in when we fear?

Read Psalms 121:1-2

  • When it comes to crisis and fear is God your first choice or your last option?
  • What request is too small for God to care about? It easy to say no-but do we really practice what we preach when it comes to our daily lives or do we try to control it first then invite God later?
  • Why is our first reaction and temptation to fix the situation or control it?  

Read Jeremiah 29:11

  • Does it seem to you that God specializes in interrupting peoples plans?  
    • Noah didn’t plan on building the ark. 
    • Moses didn’t plan on being the leader of the Israelite people from Egypt. 
    • Mary the mother of Jesus didn’t plan on getting pregnant and having Jesus. 
  • Why is it important for us to remain flexible in life?   

Read Psalms 121:1-3

  • How does the simple truth of this passage help us combat fear?  
  • What fears are you struggling with now? Are you trying to control them, fix them or have you surrendered to them?    

Next Steps

Trusting God is the only option in fear. He is in control and made the heavens and the earth.  
Stop focusing on fears and focus on the God who is control of everything.  

Begin this week by looking at your own everyday life and pray that God will show you the fears and circumstances that you are trying to control but are controlling you. Invite God to those areas of your life.