05 Mar Discussion Guide: Unshakable Week 5
Vision for the Upcoming Weeks
Over the next few weeks we will be going on a journey together as a church community. It will be a journey where we encourage one another, challenge one another, and grow together in our leadership and pursuit of Christ as we focus in on what the Bible calls discipleship. What we are asking you to do is commit to 6 weeks of gatherings. Three large group gatherings every other week, and 3 discipleship gatherings in between. Within these smaller gatherings we will be looking at leadership qualities and character traits necessary to impact the lives of others. Over the next week we want you to partner up with 2 other people and for the next month-and-a-half commit to one another to meet together, grow together, and pursue one another in relationship. We need (1/3 of your group size) people who would like to facilitate a group of 3, and then everyone else can decide which of those facilitators you want to join. If you need help figuring out who you should connect with then ask your group leader to give you a hand. The goal is that at the end of these 6 weeks we will all have a better understanding of what Gospel Community is all about.
Take the first few minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.
This week we continue a series walking through the book of Nehemiah. The series is called Unshakeable, and we will be looking at what it takes to stand firm when life, circumstances or relationships try to shake you to the core. In a world of instability, this is how we can remain stable and be a people who are unshakeable.
Has there ever been a time where God felt distant, or unresponsive, in your time of need? If so, would you care to tell us about it?
“Fear is the response of the human heart when its one thing is threatened.”
What kind of situations tend to cause people anxiety or stress? Why is that?
Why does life get shaky when we put our hope, trust and identity in created things rather than Creator God?
How have you seen this happen in your own life, or in the life of someone close to you?
At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.
Have you ever seen God get you through a shaky moment?
What did that teach you about God’s character and God’s heart for you?
Did God get you through that moment the way you thought He would, or the way you wanted Him to?
Looking back, would you have asked God to do what He did if you would have known what God knew? What does that tell you about trusting God in moments of shaking?
What does that tell you about trusting God in moments of shaking?
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
When you look at the shaking Jesus went through on your behalf, how does that help stabilize you in your own moments of shaking?
And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
How does knowing God has adopted you into His family as His child give you courage to stand in the face of fear and anxiety?
How can we, as a group, reflect our Unshakable God to the world around us?