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Key Thought:

God has empowered us to live in peace amidst our problems.


Key Quote

“No one is coming to save you. Jesus already did that.” - Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • If you could live in any fictional universe what would it be?
  • Who invited you to visit Church Unlimited?
  • Do you like thrill rides? If so what’s your favorite one?
  • What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that you’re proud of?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Name a benefit of the Holy Spirit that Christ has given to those who believe in him?
  • How does faith help counteract fear?
  • What problems would go away if we placed the Lord first in our lives?
  • How can we trust God in the midst of fear?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What has been unexpected or uncertain for you in 2020?
  • What has the Jesus already done for you to be empowered over uncertainty?
  • How has God rescued you in the past, and what hope does that give you during difficult times?
  • After hearing this message, what you can implement to counteract anxiety?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you that even in the midst of our problems you can still give us peace. Help us to live empowered through your Holy Spirit as we navigate through life this week. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Often times when we are in the midst of panic and anxiety, we need to be reminded of how faithful God has been to us in the past. To help with this, write out a gratitude list. Read it every morning for the next month to remind yourself of all that God has blessed you with!
  • God desires a true relationship with us, and when we have that he empowers us through his Holy Spirit. Identify an area in your life that you haven’t been living empowered, and choose to take one step forward in resolving that problem with God’s help this week.
  • If no one is coming to save you, and you know the power of God lives inside you, speak out loud to the group one (or more) things you are going to achieve and/or conquer with the power our Father gave you. Then, write out a plan to make it happen and, as a group, hold each other accountable to turn these plans into reality.


Scriptures

Fear and trembling have come upon me; horror and fright have overwhelmed me. And I say, Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Psalm 55:5-6 AMP

The Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight. So the LORD handed them over to the Midianites for seven years. The Midianites were so cruel that the Israelites made hiding places for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds. Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel, camping in the land and destroying crops as far away as Gaza. They left the Israelites with nothing to eat, taking all the sheep, goats, cattle, and donkeys. These enemy hordes, coming with their livestock and tents, were as thick as locusts; they arrived on droves of camels too numerous to count. And they stayed until the land was stripped bare. So Israel was reduced to starvation by the Midianites. Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD for help. Judges 6:1-6 NLT

When they cried out to the LORD because of Midian, the LORD sent a prophet to the Israelites. He said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of slavery in Egypt. I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave you their land. I told you, ‘I am the LORD your God. You must not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you now live.’ But you have not listened to me.” Judges 6:7-10 NLT

Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah…[Gideon] was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!” “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”

Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest.. and I am the least in my entire family!” The LORD said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.” Judges 6:11-16 NLT

Gideon replied, “If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really the LORD speaking to me. Don’t go away until I come back and bring my offering to you.” He answered, “I will stay here until you return.” Gideon hurried home. He cooked a young goat…and presented them to the angel…The angel of God said to him, “Place the meat and the unleavened bread on this rock, and pour the broth over it.” And Gideon did as he was told. Then the angel of the LORD touched the meat and bread with the tip of the staff. Fire flamed up from the rock and consumed all he had brought. And the angel of the LORD disappeared. When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he cried out, “Oh, Sovereign LORD, I’m doomed! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!” “It is all right,” the LORD replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.” And Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the LORD is peace”). Judges 6:17-24 NLT


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