Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)

  • Do you have a fear of something that many people do not?
  • If you had to change your name, what would you change it to and why?
  • If you could remove your capacity to be afraid, would you? Why or why not?

Main Idea

Everyone’s future has a degree of uncertainty to it and nobody is big enough to solve all the problems in our lives. Whenever we find fear within us, we have a choice; will we allow it to cause us to depend or deny God?

Discuss

What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?

 

How did the songs we sang relate to the message?

 

How can fear be a healthy emotion?

 

When does fear transition from being healthy to unhealthy?

 

What does the Bible say?

Read John 18:1-12

  • What were some ways that people tried to take control of the situation?

 

  • As John recounts his experience that night, who was most in control of the situation?

 

Read John 18:15-18 & John 18:25-27

  • Did Jesus have less control now than he did before?

 

  • Why do you think Peter followed Jesus at a distance?

 

Apply the Message

 

  • As a group, make a list of seven things that people in our culture most frequently turn to as they try to take control of a situation (other than God):
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  • How are each of these “solutions” only a partial (or even self-destructive) solution to our biggest challenges?

 

  • Share one opportunity you have to allow a current fear to drive you closer to God rather than to depend on something else.

 

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