Questions – 04.08.2018

“The Mark of the Nail: Fear”

 

Small Groups at Lakeland exist to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission. 

 

ICEBREAKER (optional): What did you have for breakfast this morning?

 

DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message that they’d like to share.

 

FOCUS QUESTIONS

 

  1. Let’s talk about our fears. (Two options here – depending on the vulnerability of your group.  Either way, share first to set the tone of the answers)  Option 1: What is something that you are afraid of?  Option 2: What were some of the fears you wrote on your tag this weekend that you feel comfortable sharing with the group?
  2. DEVELOPING OTHERS: What “best practices” have you learned about surrendering fear to God? (Review the weekend’s teaching but also get into some advice of how to continually surrender fears.)
  3. ACCOUNTABILITY: Let’s see what the Bible says about this in a passage of Scripture that is well known to followers of Christ but we will try to hear it differently.  Let’s read Philippians 4:6-7 together. [Read the passage, you could do this multiple times and ask the questions before the last person reads.]  In anxiety and fear, what is required of us (according to this passage)?  What does God promise in return (according to this passage)?
  4. Essentially this passage is saying “lack of prayer in the life of a disciple of Jesus = increased fear/anxiety” and “increased prayer in the life of a disciple of Jesus = lack of fear/anxiety.” Do you agree or disagree?  How have you seen this relationship between prayer and fear play out in your own life?
  5. ON MISSION: Do you know someone who is living in fear?  How can you influence this individual this week to be free of fear that binds them?

 

Christian author/blogger Alison Tiemeyer has a list of ten bold prayers that we can pray in overcoming fear.  Consider using this as a closing prayer activity for your group.  Each person can read a prayer or you could just pick two or three that you (as SHEPHERD and pastor of that living room) pray over your small group.  You can find her blog here – http://alisontiemeyer.com/prayers-for-anxiety/