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1. “Pass it on ahead.” What are your first thoughts when you think about this phrase?
Read Matthew 6:19-21
2. What are some things on earth that you invest in?
3. Would you agree or disagree that “success promises but rarely delivers”? Why?
4. In what ways do you feel that you invest in heaven?
Read Matthew 6:22-23
5. How do you make sense of the C.S. Lewis quote “aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in, aim at earth and you will get neither”?
6. In what ways do you bring health to your eyes? In what ways do you bring unhealth? Do you feel like your eyes are healthy?
Read Matthew 6:24
7. What does “be 100% loyal” to God look like in your life?
8. When has God asked you to do something where you had to make a choice between following God or following your own selfish desires?
9. Read Mark 8:34-39. What does this passage mean to you?
10. What do I sense God telling me and what am I going to do about it?
- Describe the most peace-filled person you know. What do you feel makes them so? Would you describe yourself as someone who lives peacefully? Why or why not? If not, what do you feel is preventing you from living a peace-filled life?
- What in this world makes people feel anxious? Makes you feel anxious?
- How do you find peace?
- Jesus often retreated to quiet places, either by himself or with His disciples to rest, spend time with God and friends. What do you do to retreat from the busyness of life? Do you have anything scheduled regularly?
- Have you ever experienced God’s peace in a storm? What was it like?
- God will do what we can’t as long as we do what we can. We highlighted three things that we can do: Be Prepared, Be Content, Trust God. Which of the three do you feel you do best at? Which of the three do you need to lean into more?
- Read Mark 4:34-41. Is there anything that strikes you that you have never noticed before?
- What are the factors that you believe allowed Jesus to be at peace in the worst of times, in storms, mobs, even on the cross?
- Phil. 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Does this passage bring hope? Why?
- What do you sense God has been saying to you through this study? What are you going to do about it?
- What comes to mind when you hear that someone wants to “use” you?
- Why do people have negative associations with the word “use”?
Read Joshua 1:1-9
- What fears do you think Joshua had at this point in his life?
- How would you feel if you were in Joshua’s position?
Read Joshua 1:10-18
- What did Joshua do in response to God’s call?
- Where, and how, can you be used by God?
- What gifts and talents has God given to you?
- What might be holding you back from fully following God?
- What steps do you need to take so that you are prepared to be used by God?
Ask God to help you to be “strong and courageous.”