SERENITY

PART 7

Feb 22-23, 2020

Discussion Questions

Sermon Serenity Prayer

2/22-23/20

WATCH:  Serenity: Part 7

      • Serenity Prayer: Part 7 

        OPENER:  What was the happiest day of your life? OR What is the happiest memory that you have?

        READ: Matthew 17:5, Matthew 5:3-12, Psalm 68:3, Hebrews 12:2, Matthew 25:14-21                

        Final part of the Serenity Prayer…                                                                                                                            

          Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with You forever in the next.  AMEN

        WATCH:  Serenity Series Part 7 Sermon Video Highlights

        DISCUSS:

        1. Read Matthew 3:17, Psalm 51:16-17, Psalm 147:11, Psalm 149:4, Jeremiah 9:23-24, Micah 7:18. In what and whom does God delight? How can you find delight in the same or similar ways?
        2. Jesus took this sinful world as it is. How would you describe our sinful world? Practically speaking, how do you act and respond that shows that you are “taking this world as it is?” 
        3. How do you feel about the saying, “God loves you and there is nothing you can do about it?” Pastor Robert likened this to buying a used car “As Is.” Describe yourself “As Is.” (You may just want to take a bit of time for quiet reflection to respond to this part of the question internally rather than sharing with a group.) 
        4. While God accepts us “As Is,” He doesn’t leave us that way. By referring to the prayer, how does He “make all things right?” Give an example of how you have seen this play out in your life.  
        5. Pastor Robert said, “Pursuit of happiness at all costs make unreasonable demands on those around us.” Share about a time you experienced or witnessed unrealistic demands or expectations because someone was expecting to be more than “reasonably happy.” How did those demands or expectations impact the person on whom they were placed? 
        6. How do the requests in the Serenity Prayer for serenity, courage, wisdom, acceptance of hardship, trust, and surrender affect reasonable happiness?
        7. Which part of the Serenity Prayer is the hardest for you to pray?

        PRAYER: 

        • Read the complete Serenity Prayer Together 
        • In groups of 2-3 pray for any personal needs/requests shared

SERENITY

PART 6

Feb 15-16, 2020

Discussion Questions

Sermon Serenity Prayer

2/15-16/20:  accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

WATCH:  Serenity: Part 6

Discussion Questions

      1. Opening Questions
        1. What is one thing this week that turned out well. 

(It could be as simple as making the bed or a nice dinner).

        1. Has God answered a prayer this week?

Watch Video Highlights

      1. Peace with God
        1. How do you describe peace with God?
        2. Is peace with God different than peace with people?

      1. Gratitude
        1. Is it easier to be grateful for big events or little things?
        2. What are some ways to remember to say “Thank you”?
        3. Do you remember a time you would like to go back and say “Thank you”?

      1. Do you have an internal debate between “THE” and “A” pathway to peace?

      1. Is there something in your life that is difficult right now that choosing to view it a pathway to peace will change how you walk? If so how?

Prayer

Pray in groups of 2-3 for one another specific requests

Pray for an area of difficulty that you’d like to view as a pathway to peace.

Further Study:

      • Luke 17-11-19 What do you see in this passage?
      • 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 What purpose does a thorn have?
      • Luke 23 – the difficulties of Jesus – How many can you list?

SERENITY

PART 5

Feb 8-9, 2020

Discussion Questions

Serenity: Part 5
Sermon Discussion Questions: February 8 and 9

INTRODUCE: When someone asks you, “How are you?” do you often answer “Busy!”? READ: John 10.10
WATCH VIDEO
DISCUSS:

  1. Pastor Robert noted that Jesus is an example of living…do you think of Jesus not just as a perfect life but also as a “life to the full,” an abundant life?
  2. What is the biggest challenge for you in living by Christ’s example of “Present to God, present to people”?
  3. If you were to follow Pastor Robert’s suggestion of setting “daily goals” (versus just setting long-term goals) by

    answering questions such as, “Who am I going to be today?” and “What am I going to do (or not do) today?”

    what sort of goals would you set?

  4. Do you believe God wants you to enjoy things and have joy in your life? What might cause you to doubt this?
  5. What keeps you from living your life moment-by-moment, “right here, right now”?
  6. What is stealing, killing and destroying in your life? (Satan, worry, religion, busyness, etc.)
  7. Are you struggling with busyness? What are some practical ways that you could make space to be present?
  8. “Here am I” — can you make the statement Isaiah made?

PRAYER:

As a group:

God, grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it.
Trusting thatYou will make all things right if I surrender toYour will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Amen.

In Groups of 2-3: Share one thing you need prayer for today Take time to pray for one person at a time

  • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time
  • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

    …and then pray….

    SERENITY

    PART 4

    Feb 1-2, 2020

    Discussion Questions

    Serenity: Part 4

    Open with the first stanza of Serenity Prayer:

    God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.

    1. Share a time as a child you asked for a big gift or What was the biggest gift you ever asked for.

    1. How do you define or identify courage?

    1. Who do you know is a peacemaker – what characteristic draws you to them?

    1. Share one storm of life this week or where do you need or have peace in your current life situations?

    1. What is one way you have learned to overcome doubt?

    1. When we begin to pray for wisdom we will begin to see differently on a Macro and a Micro level:

    o Macro Level

    • Understood the times and knew what to do

    o Micro Level

    • Past circumstances
    • Relationships
    • My pain the way God sees pain

    1. Where do you have a need for wisdom in your life?

    Break into groups of 2-3

    • Pray for one another regarding an area each of you share you are needing wisdom
    • Pray for peace in specific life situations

    Further Study

    • Memorize James 1:5-8

    • Read James 3
    • Make 2 Lists what is the difference between Worldly and Godly Wisdom?

    • Read about the people of Issachar – 1 Chronicles 12:32

      SERENITY

      PART 3

      Jan 25-26, 2020

      Discussion Questions

      Serenity Prayer Pt. 3

      Sermon Discussion Questions

      1-25-20

      Open with the first stanza of Serenity Prayer:

      God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.

       

      1. What movie or documentary has inspired you in some way? Why?

       

      Watch Sermon Discussion Video Clip

       

      1. Is there an area of your life where acceptance is working into your life? How has that brought clarity?

       

      1. “We can’t change other people” talk about this awareness… 

       

      1. Courage is a gift God wants you to have – is this easy or difficult to believe? How so?

       

      1. “Courage is fear that has said it’s prayers” – Robert said he loves this, why?  

      Prayer Time

      Is there one area of your life private or public that you know God wants you to act and you need courage to stand or to take the first step? Ask for courage from God to take that step…

       

      Further Study

      • Exodus 2:1-6
      • Matthew 11:12
      • 2 Tim 1:7 
      • Micah 6:8

      SERENITY

      PART 2

      Jan 18-19, 2020

      Discussion Questions

      Serenity Prayer Pt. 3

      Sermon Discussion Questions

      1-25-20

      Open with the first stanza of Serenity Prayer:

      God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.

      1. What movie or documentary has inspired you in some way? Why?

      Watch Sermon Discussion Video Clip

      1. Is there an area of your life where acceptance is working into your life? How has that brought clarity?

      1. “We can’t change other people” talk about this awareness…

      1. Courage is a gift God wants you to have – is this easy or difficult to believe? How so?

      1. “Courage is fear that has said it’s prayers” – Robert said he loves this, why? 

      Prayer Time

      Is there one area of your life private or public that you know God wants you to act and you need courage to stand or to take the first step? Ask for courage from God to take that step…

      Further Study

      • Exodus 2:1-6
      • Matthew 11:12
      • 2 Tim 1:7
      • Micah 6:8

        SERENITY

        PART 1

        Jan 11-12, 2020

        Discussion Questions

        Serenity: Part 1 (Who is This?)

        INTRODUCE: Share about a time when a friend or loved one did something or said something that made you ask, “Who is this?”

        READ: Mark 4:35-41

        WATCH: Serenity: Part 1

        DISCUSS:

        1. When in a difficult situation, a storm of life, what has made you feel like God didn’t care? 
        2. In what ways do you think God can display His power in the storms of your life? What have you experienced along these lines?
        3. If God is all powerful and he cares, why do you think He doesn’t act? Or does He?
        4. Read Isaiah 9:6.What do you expect from the Prince of Peace in your life? In the world?
        5. What do the other names of Jesus in Isaiah 9:6 indicate about how He is going to act in your life? In the world?
        6. What are your thoughts about Pastor Robert’s definition of peace as being “the ability to find rest in the storm?”
        7. In what ways did you handle the last storm that life brought your way?
        8. How can serenity, courage and wisdom play a part in making you a peacemaker in this world? 
        9. How can we be peacemakers if we can’t rest in the storms of life?

        PRAYER: Read the Serenity Prayer together