Leader’s Community Group Study Guide
For the week of May 31, 2020
SUMMER COMMUNITY GROUP PLAN: We hope that your group decides to continue meeting online for your regular CG time or gather and/or in person for a sermon watch party. Our hope for the summer is that each of you will stay connected and care for each other. We would love to hear how your Community Group is re-gathering.
FOOD DROP OFF – Friday’s 11:00am – 2:00pm
3 Ways to Give to the Food Drive:
Drop off donations at our Ballast Point Campus, 5101 Bayshore Blvd.
Ship Items from Amazon or from a local Tampa business to the Ballast Point Campus, 5101 Bayshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33611
Go to stfchurch.com to see list of needs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
1. What was one thing you believed you could do or be when you were a little kid and thought you could be/do anything?
2. Vince Vitale said that growing up he learned, “there is nothing to fear but fear itself” but the truth was there is so much to fear because of the daunting pressures of life. What is one fear or life pressure you are struggling with now?
3. From Vince Vitale’s speech, “Are You Carrying The World? Practical Way to Give God Our Burdens”, what encouraged, inspired, or challenged your way of thinking?
1. Vince Vitale said that the Bible is full of people who cast their cares onto God’s shoulders. Read 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, how could your “scars” of this world bring glory to God?
2. Vince mentioned a popular verse, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). How can these following verses help you to practically do this?
1 Corinthians 10:13
(Contained within these two verses are several amazing truths: God will sustain us, He will never let us fall, and He cares for us. Taken one at a time, we see first that God declares both His ability and His willingness to be our strength and support—mentally, emotionally and spiritually. He is able (and best of all, willing!) to take everything that threatens to overwhelm us and use it for our benefit.
Our God is not cold, unfeeling or capricious. Rather, He is our loving heavenly Father whose heart is tender toward His children. Jesus reminds us that just as an earthly father would not deny his children bread, so God has promised to give us “good gifts” when we ask Him (Matthew 7:11).
In the spirit of asking for good gifts, first we must pray and tell the Lord that we hear what He’s saying in John 16:33, where Jesus says, “I have overcome the world.” Then we should ask the Lord to show us how He has “overcome” our problems, our worries, our anger, our fears and our guilt.)
TAKING IT HOME
1. In reality, feelings come from thoughts, so, even though we can’t change how we feel, we can change how we think. The Serenity Prayer at Celebrate Recovery reminds us “to take one day at a time, one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace” How do these verses give you peace?
2. Look at how you answered question 2 in “My Story”. What burden are you still hanging on to that you need to let go and let God carry? How can the group pray for you?