Main Idea: Through complete submission and surrender to God, we can refuse to let all the feels have all the power.
Introduction: Emotional immaturity is a sign of spiritual immaturity. Emotions make us feel all over the place, but we can avoid handing over control to our emotions by living in step with the Holy Spirit.
Discussion Starter: Have you ever witnessed a child lose control of their emotions and it was almost funny because of how silly it seemed?
Primary Scriptures: Galatians 5:1, 13-15, 18, 19-26, Ephesians 5:18, Philippians 4:8
- In Church of the Highland’s “Freedom” study, Chris Hodges says, “Feelings follow, choices lead.” In general, are you following your feelings or are you leading with your choices?
- Read Galatians 5:19-21. While many of these “acts of the flesh” may not be an issue for you, which ones are a struggle?
- On the flip side of that, Galatians 5:22-23 shows us the “fruit of the Spirit.” Discuss which fruits you struggle with and which ones are solid. Share with one another wisdom and guidance to improve in struggling areas.
- Read 2 Corinthians 10:5 This verse provides a two-step process for submitting to all the feels. First, when an unredeemed thought and emotion creeps in, take it captive. Then, once it is captive, we can make it obedient to Christ. Discuss a scenario where you were emotional in the last week and how you could have lived this out.
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Philippians 4:8 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.