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ONE, Part 3: Fear God

We loved seeing everyone this weekend! Feel free to message us during the week if you have any questions. If you missed this week’s message, or want to hear it again, be sure to check out our SERMONS Page. Messages are generally posted each week by Tuesday afternoon.

Every week, it’s our goal to provide you with some questions to process the message deeper, either personally, or with a small group. Here are some questions for you to consider from this week’s message, “Fear God”, part 3 of the ONE message series, with Pastor Shawn M. Shoup.

KEY SCRIPTURES

  • Exodus 20:18-20, 1 Samuel 12:20-21, 1 Peter 2:16-17 ESV

TALK IT OUT

Discuss these questions with someone—maybe a family member, friend, or member of your Connect Group. Use a communication method that works best for your situation. 

Start talking.

Find a conversation starter for your group.  

  • Do you enjoy having fresh flowers/plants in the house or no?
  • Do you have a green thumb? What makes gardening enjoyable for you?

Start thinking.

Ask a question to get your group thinking. 

  • What do you think most people think about when they hear the phrase “fear of God”?
  • What do you think about when you hear the phrase? Did that change any after hearing this weekend’s message?

Start sharing.

Choose a question to create openness. 

  • Pastor Shawn made the statement, “Proper fear is a gift.” Do you agree? Why?
  • Do you think weighing the fear of God by it’s outcomes, or it’s fruit, is a good way to determine if it is a healthy fear?
  • Have you ever avoided God? Have you ever used religion to “fake being fine”?

Start praying.

Be bold and pray with power. 

Jesus, I want to be in awe of who you are. Teach me to walk in wisdom so that I may honor You with my life. Amen.

Start doing.

Commit to a step and live it out this week. 

  • Is the initial fear of God that we talked about this weekend still drawing you close to God? Ask God for a healthy fear. Cultivate it. An abiding fear leads to reverence.
  • Find some time to listen to and/or watch Chris Tomlin’s version of “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”, featured in the movie telling the story of John Newton. Reflect on the lyrics: “T’was grace that caused my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved, how precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed…”

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