Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group, or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.
- How would you best decipher the difference between worry and concern? When does an issue require your concern, and how do you deal with that Biblically so as not to allow it to turn into worry?
- Do you struggle with worrying? Have you ever worried about something that never came to be? How does knowing God, His Word, and His promises help you not to worry and bring you peace?
- Pastor laid out three principles to address worry—the first was to “Recall God’s past promises.” Read Deuteronomy 1:30–31. God took His people out of Egypt and even cared for them while in the wilderness for 40 years until entering the promised land. How has God brought you out of Egypt and cared for you throughout your life? How does remembering these experiences give you strength and peace to face future trials?
- Read Deuteronomy 31:8. How does it make you feel knowing that God is with you and that He’ll never leave you or forsake you? If it gives you rest, why do we forget His promises so easily and still allow worry or fear a foothold?
- Read Philippians 4:6–8 and Proverbs 3:5–6 with your group. Anxiety is a common issue in today’s society and can come in many forms. What do these verses tell us to do not to be anxious and to lead a life of full surrender?
- Read Matthew 6:33. It can be easy to read this verse and get trapped into thinking about the ideologies of the prosperity gospel. Discuss with your group what it looks like to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Why do you think God promises to care for our needs when we live out this verse and surrender to His will?
- Have you ever prayerfully considered going on a Malawi mission trip? Do you feel God calling you to consider the upcoming trip, and if so, do you believe He can work out all of the details to make it possible?
- Have you ever been on a mission trip in the past? If so, share your experience with your group—Malawi or other. What did you experience God do on that trip, and how did He work in and through you personally?
- Where are you reading in the Bible this week? What has God been revealing to you through your quiet time with Him?
- Discuss any struggles you may be going through with your group.
- How can you pray for your group this week? How can they be praying for you?