Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on March 19, 2017:
- SUNDAY: John 13,
- MONDAY: John 14,
- TUESDAY: Philippians 4,
- WEDNESDAY: Colossians 3,
- THURSDAY: Romans 5,
- FRIDAY: Romans 14,
- SATURDAY: Psalm 116,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Promises Sermon Title: Perfect Love Drives Out Fear
Delivered On: March 12, 2017
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, ([bible]Ephesians 3:20[/bible])
Thank God for his presence, power and love. Pray for the courage to completely trust in Jesus. Pray for the boldness to take the next step in living out the promise of His perfect love driving out fear.
Identify one area or barrier in your life that’s keeping you from experiencing God’s presence and power. And just like David did ([bible]1 Samuel 17:47[/bible]), remember that the battle you face today has already been won by the LORD Almighty. Pray for God to give you the boldness to fight that battle with a renewed strength that you’re not alone and a fearless faith in Jesus Christ.
Small Group Discussion
When you hear the word "Fear" what immediately comes to mind?
Read: 1 John 4:18 What comes to mind when you read this promise that “perfect love drives out fear”?
Read: Hebrews 11 Several heroes of faith are mentioned in Hebrews 11, which one resonates with you?
What is faith? How does fear impact faith? (Give an example)
Read: James 1:1-18 How do you typically respond when faced with trials and/or temptations? Give a specific example.
James points out that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Why is perseverance an important ingredient in your spiritual development?
Read: 1 Samuel 17:37, 1 Samuel 17:45, and 1 Samuel 17:47 The author of 1 Samuel is very clear about the central message of the David and Goliath story. What is the running theme that you see in these 3 verses.
How does the simple truth of “the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’S” encourage, and at the same time challenge you?