What To Do With Fear & Worry – Part 2: Rock Solid

What To Do With Fear & Worry – Part 2: Rock Solid

Rock Solid
What To Do With Fear and Worry – Part 2
March 21-22, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love

 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 (p.738)

  • Jesus Helps Me In Times Of Trouble.

 “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 (p.809) 

  1. Hear Jesus’ Words.

“Anyone who listens to my teaching…is wise, but anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish.” Matthew 7:24-26 (p.738)

“So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” Romans 10:17 (p.864) 

  1. Act on Jesus’ Words.

“Anyone who…follows it (Jesus teaching) is wise, but anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish.” Matthew 7:24-26 (p.738)

“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” James 1:22 (p.930) 

  1. Allow Jesus’ Words to transform me.

“‘(Jesus)…You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-39 (p.753)

“Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.” Matthew 7:25 (p.738) 

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (p.428)

 

Next Step: _____ I will read the Daily Reading and the Daily Study from the Life Transformation Bible: Obey God. (Page A-32, Day 1-7)

Daily Reading: Adults

Daily Reading: Youth

Daily Reading: Kids


Discussion Guide from the Weekend Talk

From the Weekend Talk of March 21-22, 2020
What To Do With Fear And Worry – Part 2

 

Use this Discussion Guide to dig deeper into the principles from Weekend Talk. Our Life Groups will use them, but we encourage you to discuss them with your family, or over the phone or online with friends.

Yes, our Life Groups continue to meet, ONLINE! Life Groups use these questions to go deeper into what we talked about this weekend. Dig into them so you will be ready for the discussion at your Life Group. Please let us know if you would like to join a group. We are also looking for opportunities to begin NEW ONLINE Groups.

Car Questions/Conversation Starters

  • Have you ever built anything? How did you learn how to do it? What mistakes have you made when building something?
  • Have you ever been through a big storm? What happened?
  • In an old war movie that aired recently, the US Marines had to spend enormous firepower to blast through a huge, fortified, bunker. It took hours. Where is the sturdiest and most fortified physical place you’ve ever been?

Quick Review

  • Looking back at your Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and related Bible verses from this Weekend’s Talk Notes.

  • Pastors Jeff Love and Steve Tanner highlighted One Thing to remember from this Talk:
    “Jesus Helps Me in times of Trouble.” (see Matthew 7:24-27 (p.738*))
  • Pastor Sheri Marsden highlighted One Thing to remember for the kids:
    “When I’m Scared, Jesus Helps Me.”

    • Talk about Jesus being “The Word.” (See John 1:1 (p,809*))
    • What does John 1:1-5 say about the significance of The Word?
  • Jeff and Steve taught about some key elements to experiencing the help that Jesus gives.

(1) Hear Jesus’ Words. (Matthew 7:24-26 (p.738*) and Romans 10:17 (p.864*))

  • What is “active listening?” How do you practice it?
  • Can you think of a time when you kind of got burned because you didn’t listen very well to something important?
  • What is your earliest memory of hearing anything about Jesus?
  • What is one of your favorite Bible passages?
    • Why is that verse/passage important to you?
    • Read it out loud so you can HEAR it.

(2) Act on Jesus’ Words. (Matthew 7:24-26 (p.738*) and James 1:21-25 (p.930*))

  • Talk about the difference between “wise” and “foolish.” What makes the wise builder in Matthew 7 wise?
  • How does James describe wisdom and foolishness?
    • Why does the fool “forget?”

(3) Allow Jesus’ Words to Transform Me. (Matthew 22:37-39 (p.753*), Matthew 7:25 (p.738*) and Psalm 34:4 (p.428*)

  • Talk about the differences between: Information, Application, and Transformation.
    • How have seen yourself move from being informed to transformed?
    • How is your life and your faith different from what it was before (Pick a time frame… a year? Five years? Last week?)
  • Can we really be “freed from all (our) fears? (Psalm 34:4).
  • Have you experienced God doing that in your life? What did that look like?

Digging Deeper

  • Our Life Transformation Bible Discipleship Plan addresses the topic of “Obey God” in Week 12 of our Life Transformation Discipleship Plan, (Pages A32-33 in the printed Life Transformation Bible).
    • Read through the Daily Reading with your Group, family, or a friend.
      • Pick out a few key concepts stated in the Reading.
        • What do they say about our need to “Obey God?”

Taking It Home: Next Step

  • My Next Step: I will read the Daily Reading and the Daily Study from the Life Transformation Bible: Obey God. (Page A-32, Day 1-7. And remember, the Kids and student ALSO have Discipleship Readings! What a great “in home” activity for a family!

Pray

  • Pray now for those in leadership in our country, state, community and church. And pray for one another, the Church, and Alive Church. Pray for unity and community in these unusual times.

This Weekend:

We begin a new series that will start our process of focusing on the Resurrection of Jesus that we celebrate on Easter! We continue to meet online. Remember that we are also providing unique online content for kids and students. Find out more at alivechurch.com.

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* The Life Transformation Bible is the New Living Translation of the Bible, including many useful tools to help you better understand God’s Word, including our own Alive Church Life Transformation Discipleship Plan. They are available FREE in the church lobby.