How many times have we asked ourselves; “Why can’t life be easier?” We feel like we are pushed to the limits and then what? Worry? Panic? Fear? Get angry and yell at whoever is nearest? Then we tend to turn to something–anything–to numb the pain. But there is an answer. Paul gives us a principle that we can live by when we are pushed to our limits.
Share a time in your youth when you felt like you were being pushed into areas you weren’t willing to go. Were you able to resist and what was the outcome?
When have you felt you possessed the strength to overcome a situation only to regretfully discover you had limited ability and power to resolve the problem on your own?
Embracing your limits allows you to fully rely on God’s limitless peace and understanding. When have you personally experienced God's limitless bounty and love in your life?
Read Philippians 4:4-6. What is a practical way you can shift your focus away from the things that make you anxious and cause you to rejoice no matter what?
Describe a time in your life when you were able to live out Philippians 4:4. What were the short-term and long-term effects?
Read Philippians 4:7. Where does powerful peace come from that can stand watch over your heart and mind? Describe how you can apply that kind of peace practically in your life.
What limit are you aware of in your life that causes you the most fear and anxiety? Fill in the blank: “Lord, I confess I am at my limit in ____________, but because You are limitless in your ____________, I’m relying on you.”
What happened that you had a chance to pray that prayer this week? What do you anticipate MIGHT happen that you will need to pray that prayer this week?
- Describe when you were recently pushed to the limit. In what ways did you resist God? How did you rely on God?
- The real God you believe in is not the one who is in your mind but the One you rely on with your life. You truly experience His strength ONLY when you confess your inability (your limitations). How can you get ready now to experience God’s power and peace in your life this week?
Life Group Announcements
CHRISTMAS AT THE JOURNEY | We can't wait to see you and your friends this Christmas. To make it easier for you to celebrate, as only the Journey can, we have scheduled additional services over two days. Christmas is one of our largest events of the year and many people will come to the Journey for the first time. Let's get out and invite everyone we know, so they can see a church passionately following Christ.
Orange City Campus | Friday, December 23, 7 pm | Saturday, December 24, 11 am, 2, 4 & 6 pm
Sanford Campus | Saturday, December 24, 2 & 4 pm
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PRAYER PARTNERS | Join us for a special night of prayer as we pray for those who will attend Christmas services at the Journey. We can invite, but it is only God, Who will move someone's heart. Come anytime and stay for whatever fits your schedule. | Tuesday, December 13 | 6:30-8:00 pm | Orange City Campus | Would you like serve? Contact Cindy Jacobson by calling 386.775.3500 or emailing CAREnet@theJourney.cc
2C REVIVE | 2C Revive is a focused time of revival, training and refreshment! 2016 has been an exciting year of growth for our 2C Ministries! Our Church has been Stepping Up and we need to take this time to revive and refresh our spirit and get equipped for all that God has planned for 2C in 2017. Whether you are “all-in” with 2C or have a heart for those who are hurting but have always felt unequipped, this is the ideal experience for you! | January 13-14 (Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center) | Cost: $125 | Deadline to register and pay in full is January 9 | To register: theJourney.cc/2Crevive
THE BRIDGE FOOD DRIVE | We are collecting non-perishable food items to stock our shelves. Donation suggestions include: Spaghetti noodles, Pasta Sauce, Canned Fruits & Vegetables, Boxed Macaroni & Cheese, Tuna, Rice and Peanut Butter & Jelly. Please bring your donations to the Sending Zone. More information: theJourney.cc/2C | All month long
ONLINE GIVING | Your financial support and generosity enables us to create the quality environments that you and your family enjoy on a weekly basis, and allows us to reach more people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. | More information: theJourney.cc/give
NEW WEBSITE AND APP | The Journey's new website and app are up and running. Our new URL is theJourney.cc. Our new site was not only designed to look great, but to make it simple to learn more about our church and how to get connected. And, our new Journey App is available for download on all major app stores (Apple, Android, Window and Amazon). Just search for the Journey - Florida. Look for the Journey logo. You can't miss it. You will now be able to watch sermons, get information, read stories and articles and give. The new app is a big step forward in the way we communicate. Please download and enjoy!