All the Feels Week 2 – Discussion Guide
Main Idea: What do we need more—faith or fear? That question seems like a no-brainer. But what do we need more of? Faith in God or fear of God?
Introduction: We began to learn last week that emotional immaturity is a sign of spiritual immaturity. This week we look at fear and faith.
Discussion Starter: What is your biggest fear?
Primary Scriptures: Proverbs 1:7, 1 Timothy 1:7, Judges 6:13-16
- Have you ever felt both faith and fear at the same time? We read over 365 times in the Bible to not fear; would God ask us to do something if it weren’t possible? How easy is it to not worry about things in our lives? What do you need to look at in your life that involves fear and worry?
- Read 1 Timothy 1:7. Zac talks about misplaced fear—of missing out, of not making an impact, and of trusting God. Fear is a natural part of living; it is God-given. But when we let fear take over and control our thoughts and actions, we are not living the life that God wants for us. What fear is good in our lives? Do you have a fear of something that has taken over? How can we help one another get rid of that fear?
- When it comes to having both faith and fear at the same time, fear is good if you let it be steered by your faith. Our feelings are certainly real, but they are not reality. Fear is bad when we do not focus on God (who is the perfectly trustworthy source of truth), and instead focus on our feelings (as though they were a perfectly trustworthy source of truth). We can shape our lives to have more faith. How can we do that? Who’s walking with you to help you with that?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Judges 6:1-16 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.
Often the solution to overcoming fear is simple obedience. One small step in faith is sometimes enough to overcome a thousand steps made in fear. Discuss what step in faith you can make together today.
Engage the World Around Us
Engaging at Faith Promise: What if the small step of faith is joining a group, serving at Faith Promise, or going to Next Steps? If you are in a group and serving, is God leading you to step up and lead a group, become a coach, or be a table host at Next Steps?
Engaging in Our Community and the World: Our East TN community needs prayer. Consider a prayer walk around a school, another church, or community building.
Expand God’s Kingdom
Write down what God has done in your life and what God is asking you to do now. Share that with someone in your circle. Hold each other accountable for being obedient to God. Help someone else do the same thing. This is how we make disciples.
ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.
– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.
– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.
– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.
– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through the development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.