Peace, Strength, and Direction for this Strange and Crazy Season

Virtual Bible Study  ~~  Week 5


John 15:1-17

Romans 8:1-17

2 Corinthians 10:5

Discussion Guide

  1. I got to vent at the beginning of this lesson so I will give you a chance to as well. What are you growing weary of?
  2. How are you processing this season? I cannot do big picture, just what’s in my life. What about you? How are you at discerning the big picture, where we are going kind of thoughts and insights?
  3. Before we dig into John 5, is remaining/abiding with Jesus a challenge for you or has it become more of a lifestyle? If it has, how did it happen?
  4. John 15:1-5—What images come to mind when you read this passage? Do you have a human relationship (yours or one you have observed) that you could kind of use as a model? I realize this could easily go to co-dependency with a human, so not that far, but a relationship where each person is healthy and encouraging, loving, supportive to the other. And it could easily become a substitute for what we should only find in Christ—our everything. But sometimes if we can put skin on an idea it helps us process it. Actually Jesus had skin on while He was on earth, so maybe think how would you have interacted with Him if He were your friend on earth? Now think about this—He is our Friend in heaven and He lives in us. He is closer than a friend would be on earth. How does this imagery help us go to Jesus and remain in Him?
  5. From Romans 8:1-6 how does this passage turn my heart towards Jesus? Help me abide in Jesus?
  6. Does the passage* from What Am I Feeling? help you obey 2 Corinthians 10:5—“take every thought captive to obey Christ”? If so, how?
  7. Once you do that—take every thought captive—and give it to Jesus and ask for help, how do you feel? How is your mindset and perspective changed?
  8. From the list of overall goals for this study (below), which one(s) do you need to focus on this week? Which of today’s Scriptures or any Scripture will help you in your journey this week?


*”’Remember,’ his dad said, ‘a feeling is just a feeling. It’s not in charge of you. If you feel afraid, take a deep breath, name your feeling, and ask God to help you with it.’”

Overall goals for the study:

~Bring us closer to God

~Give us strength to do what we need to do

~Have joy and peace in this time

~Grow as God intends

~Hear what God is saying to us

~Not squander this time

Link to Lesson #5.

Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who empowers women with the confidence to live their calling. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, IL.

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