Exposing the Fraud of Fear

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Life Group Study Guide: Loved what you heard on Sunday? Want to go deeper? The life group study guide will help you unpack what you heard on Sunday, while diving deeper into God's word.

Connect:

  • Do you have any phobias? What have been some tricks you have used to overcome a fear?

Dig Deeper:  

In John 10, Jesus gives his disciples a warning that many false shepherds have come, and will come, to deceive true followers of Jesus. As followers of Jesus we are to discern truth from false truth whether from Satan or from man. One of Satan’s greatest weapons is fear! Satan often uses fear to create false realties that steal, kill, and destroy the life Jesus gave His life for us to have.

 

Read John 10:1-20.

  • In a single sentence, what is the point of Jesus’ Good Shepherd parable?

 

  • Who are the thieves and robbers Jesus talks about? How are we told to identify and respond to these thieves and robbers?

 

  • Who is the Good Shepherd? How are we to identify and respond to the Good Shepherd?

 

  • Why do you think John tells us in his Gospel that a division occurred because of Jesus’ words? (vs. 19) What was the division about, and how does this add context to the parable?

 

  • Read 1 John 4:1-6. How does John tell us we are to test the spirit of God from the spirit of the antichrist?

 

  • What distinguishes the world from the children of God? (vs. 4-6)

 

Make It Personal:

  • On Sunday, Pastor Jason exposed the fraud of fear with three points: Fear is Godless; Fear is a False Prophet; Fear is a Thief. How have you experienced these personally?

 

  • Pastor Jason made the point, “When we spend time around the wrong people, listening to the wrong voices and living for the wrong values, what seems right will often be wrong!” How have you seen this to be true in our world today?

 

  • In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul encourages Timothy that he has not been given a spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit that gives power, love, and self-control. How have you personally experienced the power, love, and self-control of the Holy Spirit over the past few weeks?

 

  • To have self-control means to have a sound mind, or to have one’s thoughts ordered and focused appropriately. How much control has God had over your thoughts recently? What might we do to allow Him more control over our thought life?

 

  • What is the danger of having a mind that is not self-controlled during seasons of crisis and uncertainty?

 

  • Ruth Bell Graham said, “Worship and worry cannot live in the same heart; they are mutually exclusive.” How have you seen this to be true? Which do you find most often living in your heart: worry or worship?

 

  • What has God been teaching you this week that has been spiritually transformative?

Tags: love, god, holy spirit, fear, strength, false prophet

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