Adult Sunday School

Winter 2022-23

Learn to embrace an appropriate fear of God while facing the uncertainties of this world.

Exercise Faith. Fear can strike us in many ways, but we stand strong as we trust in the character of God. Our faith is to reside in who He is because God is greater than any of our fears.

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Study 1: Putting Fear in it's Place

Session 1 - The Fear of God

THE FEAR OF GOD

THE POINT

THE FEAR OF GOD GIVES US THE FOUNDATION TO FACE ALL OTHER FEARS.

Additional Questions

Psalm 33:6-9

  • What aspects of creation put you in awe of God?
  • How can we demonstrate the fear of the Lord on a daily basis?
  • What obstacles often prevent us from standing in awe of God?

Psalm 33:10-15

  • What truths about God make it easier for you to surrender to His plans?
  • Who in your life is an example of someone surrendered to God?
  • How can we avoid trusting in our own plans rather than the plans of God?
  • What causes us to choose our plans over the plans of God?

Psalm 33:18-22

  • In what ways have you seen God provide for you in unexpected ways?
  • When have you felt God’s protection over you?
  • What practices have helped you depend on God?

Additional Reading: To Fear or Not to Fear, That is the Question

Weekly Podcast

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The Fear of God
Session 2 - Security in Place of Fear

SECURITY IN PLACE OF FEAR

THE POINT

BECAUSE OF CHRIST, NOTHING WILL KEEP US FROM GOD AND HIS WORK IN OUR LIVES.

How do you deal with feelings of insecurity?

 Additional Questions

Romans 8:28-39

  • If God is working for our good, why do we still struggle and suffer?
  • What truths about God give you confidence to trust Him?
  • In what ways have you observed God working in your life?

Romans 8:31-34

  • Which truths in this passage give you the greatest sense of security and why?
  • How does it affect your walk with the Lord to know that Christ, himself, is interceding for us?
  • What are ways God protects us from condemnation?

Romans 8:35-39

  • What things do people sometimes fear can separate them from God’s love?
  • How might circumstances lead us to feel we have been separated from God’s love?
  • What practices can help us remain confident in God’s love, no matter what comes our way?
  • When have you felt God’s love strengthening you despite tough circumstances?

Additional Reading: Choosing Security over Fear

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Security in Place of Fear
Session 3 - Love in Place of Fear

LOVE IN PLACE OF FEAR

THE POINT

THERE IS NO ROOM FOR FEAR WHEN GOD’S LOVE IS IN US.

 Additional Questions

  • What do you most prefer to fill up on during the holidays?
  • When do you feel most content?
  • When’s the last time you couldn’t eat another bite if you tried?

1 John 3:13-18

  • What is the connection between God’s love for us and our love for others?
  • How does knowing you are loved give you a sense of security?
  • How have you seen or personally experienced God’s love working through others?
  • What are some reasons the world hates believers?

1 John 4:14-16

  • What are some ways we can lay down our lives for each other?
  • What does it mean for God to abide in us?
  • What convinces you of God’s love in difficult circumstances?

1 John 4:17-18

  • Why is there no room for fear when we’re filled with God’s love?
  • How does loving others help give us confidence for the day of judgment?
  • How does God’s love dispel fear in our lives?

Additional Reading: How Can Love Remove My Fears?

MAGAZINE ARTICLE

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Love in Place of Fear
Session 4 - Submission to God in Place of Fear

Submission to God in Place of Fear

THE POINT

GOD’S DESIRE TO WORK THROUGH US IS NO CAUSE FOR FEAR.

Additional Questions

  • What activity that other people seem to enjoy, would immediately strike fear in your heart if you were required to participate?
  • When has someone asked you to do something that seemed impossible to accomplish? How did you feel?
  • When has a pleasant change caught you by surprise?

Luke 1:26-29

  • What gives you confidence to step into something you’ve never done before?
  • What stands out to you about the angel’s greeting and Mary’s response?
  • What causes us to be afraid of the unknown?

Luke 1:30-33

  • If we know God is good and his plans are good, why are we often afraid of His plans for us?
  • What causes us to sometimes fear God’s plans for us?
  • What did the angel say that can help us overcome our fear of God’s plans?

Luke 1:34-38

  • How have you discovered that God is a God of the impossible?
  • When have you had to believe God for the seemingly impossible?
  • What can help us submit as Mary did to the promises of God?

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SUBMISSION TO GOD IN PLACE OF FEAR
Session 5 - Courage in Place of Fear

COURAGE IN PLACE OF FEAR

THE POINT

COURAGEOUSLY FOLLOW JESUS, EVEN IN FEARFUL CIRCUMSTANCES.

Additional Questions

  • What is the most daunting New Year’s resolution you’ve ever made?
  • What was the biggest physical risk you have ever taken?
  • What’s a legitimately fearsome activity that people still sometimes choose to do?

Matthew 14:22-26

  • What truths about God can give us the courage to follow Him into fearful circumstances?
  • When has fear kept you from doing something that needed to be done?

Matthew 14:27-30

  • When has focusing on Jesus given you the courage to act?
  • What practices have helped you keep your eyes on Jesus?
  • What are some “winds” and “waves” that can take our eyes off Jesus today?

Matthew 14:31-33

  • Can you think of a trial you’ve gone through, or seen, that produced a sense of awe and worship of the Lord when it was over?
  • Where do you currently have an opportunity to choose courage over fear?
  • Why is worship the natural response to God’s power and presence?

Additional Reading: Stepping into 2023 with Courage

MAGAZINE ARTICLE

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COURAGE IN PLACE OF FEAR
Session 6 - Joy in Place of Fear

JOY IN PLACE OF FEAR

THE POINT

FEAR WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST IN GOD’S ETERNAL KINGDOM.

Additional Questions

  • What is the furthest distance you’ve ever traveled on foot?
  • When has looking toward a future reward helped you persevere?

Zephaniah 3:9-13

  • ​I​n what ways does arrogance affect our relationship with God?
  • What promise do you find most comforting in these verses?
  • What does humility have to do with freedom from fear?

Zephaniah 3:14-17

  • What are reasons followers of Jesus can sing for joy?
  • When has God’s presence helped you stand through fear?
  • How have you known God as a Mighty Warrior who saves?

Zephaniah 3:18-20

  • Which descriptions of God’s actions in this passage give you the greatest comfort and joy?
  • How does this vision of Heaven change the way you think about eternity?
  • What is one thing you most look forward to God restoring?

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JOY IN PLACE OF FEAR

Valued by God

Valued by God

Valued by God

THE POINT

GOD VALUES LIFE AND WE SHOULD TOO

Additional Questions

  • What are some traits or abilities that society uses to judge people as more, or less, important?
  • Where do you see evidence that our society values some lives more than others?

Psalm 139:1-6

  • How does it make you feel to know that the God of the universe values you?
  • In what ways throughout your life have you been aware that God cares about you and that God cares for you?
  • Which portion of this passage stands out to you the most?
  • What do these verses reveal about God?

Psalm 139:7-10

  • Why would anyone try to escape the presence of God?
  • How does God’s presence convince you of His love?
  • How does God’s desire to be with all of us prove the sacredness of life?
  • Why do some people try to hide from the presence of God?

Psalm 139:13-16

  • How do these verses give value to each individual, regardless of their capacity and/or contributions to society?
  • What steps can the church take to support those with developmental disabilities or health troubles?
  • What difference does it make that an omnipresent and all-knowing God created us?

Magazine Article

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VALUED BY GOD

Study 2: How to Discern the Voice of God

Session 1 - Does it Agree with the Bible?

DOES IT AGREE WITH THE BIBLE?

THE POINT

THE VOICE OF GOD NEVER CONTRADICTS THE BIBLE.

Additional Questions

  • What’s the most interesting scam you’ve heard of?
  • If you could trade voices with any celebrity or public figure, who would you choose?
  • Who has an unmistakable or unforgettable voice?

Genesis 3:1

  • What’s the difference between asking questions about the Bible and questioning the Bible?
  • What can potentially motivate us to question God’s word?
  • What are some specific ways our culture questions the Bible?

Genesis 3:2-3

  • In what ways have you seen people add to God’s Word in regard to rules or limits?
  • What are some common “half-truths” that circulate in churches (or among believers)?
  • What are some reasons why people are often tempted to change or adapt what God has said?

Genesis 3:4-6

  • How does human reasoning lead some people to contradict God’s Word?
  • What motivates people to fall for Satan’s traps?
  • What are some current examples in our culture that are contradictions of God’s Word?

Magazine Article

Weekly Podcast

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How to Discern the Voice of God
Session 2 - Doe it Bring Conviction?

Does it Bring Conviction?

THE POINT

THE VOICE OF GOD SEEKS TO CONVICT US OF THE TRUTH.

Additional Questions

  • When has it been difficult for you to admit you’ve made a mistake?
  • What’s the dumbest excuse you’ve heard someone make for a big mistake?
  • As a kid, when were you parents justified in saying, “I told you so.”

Acts 2:32-36

  • What are some disruptions that can hinder our relationship with God?
  • What amazes you the most about Jesus’ death? His resurrection?
  • How can we continue to be witnesses of Jesus’ crucifixion two thousand years later?

Acts 2:37-38

  • How would you describe conviction?
  • When has the conviction of the Holy Spirit “pierced” you “to the heart”?
  • Why is repentance important to the hearing of God’s Word?

Acts 2:39-41

  • How can believers cooperate with the Spirit in leading others to salvation?
  • What are the differences between conviction and condemnation?
  • When have you felt conviction in a way that you knew was from God’s Spirit?
  • How does hearing God’s Word lead to repentance?

Weekly Podcast

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Does it Bring Conviction?
Session 3 - Does It Call You to Trust God?

DOES IT CALL YOU TO TRUST GOD?

THE POINT

DISCERNING AND OBEYING GOD’S VOICE CALLS FOR FAITH IN HIM.

Additional Questions

  • What led you to take a big “leap of faith?”
  • What leads you to do something that others consider “risky?”

Hebrews 11:1-3

  • How would you define the concept of faith in your own words?
  • What are some moments or memories that have increased your faith in God?
  • How does faith reinforce the Word of God?

Hebrews 11:4-6

  • In what ways do you think faith pleases God?
  • Why is faith such a critical part of our relationship to the Lord?
  • When have you been encouraged by someone else’s faith?

Hebrews 11:13-16

  • How has Scripture strengthened your faith in spite of hard times?
  • What are some things that can cause us to lose focus on God’s promises?
  • How does focusing on the future God has promised us change the way we live our daily lives?

Weekly Podcast

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Does it call you to trust God?
Session 4 - Does It Align with God's Character?

DOES IT ALIGN WITH GOD’S CHARACTER?

THE POINT

GOD NEVER CALLS US TO DO SOMETHING THAT IS OUTSIDE HIS CHARACTER.

Additional Questions

  • What personal characteristics possessed by your best friend do you value the most?
  • What is the funniest “out of character” thing you’ve ever done?
  • What’s something that would be totally out of character for you to do?

Exodus 34:1-5

  • What does God’s willingness to establish a relationship with us say about His character?
  • What do these verses show us about God’s relationship to His people?
  • When have you felt God’s presence in a meaningful way?

Exodus 34:6-7

  • What attribute of God’s character encourages you the most?
  • What does God’s unchanging nature mean to you and your relationship with Him?
  • Which of these characteristics do you find people most likely to overlook or forget?
  • Why is it significant for followers of God to understand that His character does not change?

Exodus 34:8-9

  • How does God’s character lead us to worship Him?
  • What specific steps can believers take to maintain an attitude of awe and reverence toward God?
  • How does understanding God’s character help us discern His voice?
  • How does knowing who God is impact what we ask of Him?

Weekly Podcast

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Are there two Gods in the Bible?
Session 5 - Does It Honor God?

Does it honor God?

THE POINT

GOD’S VOICE ALWAYS LEADS US TO GLORIFY HIM AND ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSES

Additional Questions

  • What’s the greatest honor you have received?
  • What are some ways our culture honors individuals?
  • Where do you see honor and glory given out by our culture?

John 17:1-3

  • What does Jesus’ prayer show us about a God-centered approach to life?
  • What does this prayer reveal about Jesus’ heart?
  • What are some commonplace things we can do to glorify God?

John 17:4-5

  • What is an example of work God has called you to complete?
  • What steps can we take to identify the specific work God has called us to do?
  • What causes us to resist doing the work God has given us?

John 17:6-9

  • If our words and actions do not align, how can this impact the work we do for the Lord?
  • Who are some people God has placed in your life that have been transformative in your life?
  • What are practical steps we can follow to help others hear and discern God’s voice?

Weekly Podcast

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Does it Honor God?
Session 6 - Does It Lead You to Be More Like Jesus?

DOES IT LEAD YOU TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS?

THE POINT

GOD’S DESIRE IS TO CONFORM US TO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST.

Additional Questions

  • How have role models influenced your life?
  • When you were a little kid, was there someone you looked up to that you would not, today, find admirable?
  • As a child, who did you want to be like when you grew up?

Colossians 3:1-4

  • What does it mean for our lives to be hid in Christ?
  • How can believers exert better control over their thoughts?
  • How have your desires and motives changed since becoming a follower of Christ?
  • What practices have helped you set your mind on the things of God?

Colossians 3:5-9

  • Why do some people have difficulty eliminating sin from their lives?
  • How do you put away sinful habits and live for Christ?
  • How can anger negatively affect our Christian walk?

Colossians 3:10-14

  • How does Christ renew us in the image of our Creator?
  • How do believers “put on” godly character?
  • What step can we take as a group to “put on love” in our community?

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Does It Lead You to Be More Like Jesus?
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