STUDY GUIDE FOR 3-24-19
Following Jesus: #3 – Confronting Our Fears
Think about life:
- What are the main fears that seem to dominate our society and how do those fears affect people?
- What were your greatest fears as a child? How did they affect you and did you/how did you grow out of them?
- As an adult do you realize you have one main fear or have your fears changed as you’ve moved through the different chapters of life?
- What has been most helpful to you in overcoming fears and learning to trust God?
Digging Deeper into Scripture:
- Read Mark 14:27-31 and 66-72
- Compare what Peter said he would do in verses 27-31 with what he actually did in verses 66-72.
- Why does it almost seem as if we’re seeing two different “Peters”?
- What fears was Peter facing in verses 66-72? How did Peter’s fear begin at a lower level and then rise to a high level? What did his fear cause him to do?
When Peter realized what he had done what was his reaction?
- Where is it easy for us to trust Jesus and where is it hard for us to trust Jesus? What makes the difference?
- Read Prov. 29:25. How did Jesus and Peter each fulfill a part of this verse? Share a time in which you fulfilled each part of the verse.
- Read 2 Tim. 1:3-11
- Note: Paul was writing to Timothy, a younger church leader/pastor that Paul was mentoring. What hints do you get in verses 5-8 that Timothy might have been struggling with fear?
- Read verse 7. What would be the differences between a life ruled by fear and timidity vs. a life empowered by love and self-discipline? How is Jesus Christ the key to the difference?
- Each stage of life seems to have its own fears. What fears seem to go with which stage of life?
- What fears are the most challenging for you to surrender to Jesus Christ?
Scripture readings: Mark 14:27-31, 66-72; Psalm 112; Joshua 1:1-9