From Independence to Dependence

January 15, 2017 Speaker: Keith Ferguson Series: Hope Unbound: Breaking the Chains of Destructive Habits

Scripture: Psalm 121:1–121:2, Proverbs 3:5–3:6

Sermon Outline

The Problem of Our Insanity (Proverbs 3:5)

The Allure of Independence (Psalm 121:1)

The Key Question:  Where will my _____________ come from?

Our God-Given Design:  Walking in Dependence
1- Relying on our ________________ (Psalm 121:2)

2- Trusting in God’s ________________ (Proverbs 3:6)

3- Abiding in __________________ (John 15:4)

What then should we do?
Take the Step of _______________________

Growth Group Study Guide

Getting Started:
(1) When you were growing up, how did your parents deal with stress? Where did they turn to cope with the hard parts of life?

(2) What did you learn from the sermon on Sunday? How did God speak to you personally?

Getting Into the Word:
(1) Read 2 Corinthians 12:6-10. What did God teach Paul through his ongoing struggle with his “thorn in the flesh”? Why is it necessary for us to experience our own weakness in order to experience God’s strength?

(2) Read Psalm 73:25-28. What does the phrase “my flesh and my heart may fail” mean? How can we experience God as the strength of our hearts when we are facing overwhelming challenges?

(3) Read 2 Chronicles 14:8-11. Asa cried out to the Lord for help when facing a larger army. What can we learn from Asa’s prayer about how to function in dependence on God?

(4) Read 1 Peter 5:6-7. Why is the phrase “at the proper time” important to correctly understand this promise? How does God’s heart for us (He cares about you) drive us to depend on Him?

Getting Honest:
(1) When you are personally stressed out and overwhelmed, where do you first turn for help and relief? Why do you think you look there for help in your times of need?

(2) Co-dependency (finding your identity/significance in supporting others in their addictions) is a common struggle. Have you ever struggled with this habit in your life? What problems has it caused?

(3) What would it look like to depend on God more fully in your life? How can you begin the practice of turning your heart, mind, and emotions over to Him when you are tempted to turn to your destructive habit?

(4) In what area of your life do you struggle to submit your will to God’s will? Confess that struggle on the lines below and re-commit yourself to follow His ways even when you don’t understand what He’s doing:

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