Honest to God | A Letter From Isolation

Pastor Jeremey King

May 17, 2020

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Confession:

Gracious Father, You are the God of peace and you invite us to live peaceful lives in our relationship with you. We confess that we do not consistently rely on your peace to carry us. The anxieties of the day often cloud our minds and hearts and we have not always been honest with you or ourselves about how much we turn to other things in search of peace. Forgive us for not trusting you. Help us to offer our concerns to you with thankful hearts. Give us a peace that passes understanding and help us to share it with our friends, family, and neighbors. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Discussion Questions:

  • A major theme in the book of Philippians has been to rejoice. Why does Paul continue to come back to this? What does it look like to rejoice in the Lord? 
  • In Philippians 4:6, Paul’s command is to “not be anxious” about anything. Does this seem like realistic advice today? What does Paul say we should do instead of being anxious? 
  • What has your experience with prayer been like? Share about a time that prayer has helped you when you are anxious. 
  • What are the things in our life that keep us from experiencing the peace of God? What does the peace of God feel like? 
  • In Philippians 4:9, what “things” are Paul saying to practice? How do we decide what things are honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent? 
  • Read Matthew 6:25–34 according to Jesus what is the recipe ingredient to help us with our anxieties (hint verse 33)? Describe a time when your anxieties have been lessened by looking outward.
  • As we begin to transition back to our routines amidst the pandemic, how can Paul’s words remind us what kind of mindset we should have?

For a full study guide visit sov.church/groups/letter.