August 20 – 26

Weekly Reading for August 20 – 26

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Stand Strong
Sermon Title: How to Make Your Life Count

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on August 27, 2023:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Stand Strong
Sermon Title: How to Stay Out of Trouble
Delivered On: August 20, 2023


Memorize and Reflect

1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

Prayer Direction

Ask God to help you grow in self-control in areas you need His help. Think of one person you need to love with greater intensity and ask for God’s help and direction.

“Live It!” Challenge

What drives me? – Think of one area of your life where you tend to be directed or driven by what other people think about you. Ask God to help you recognize where this is happening and give you clear ways to follow His will and not the pressure of people. Then, take a step in this direction.

Small Group Discussion

  1. What was one lesson or truth that really struck you from this past Sunday’s sermon?

  2. When you were growing up, what kind of trouble did you get into and what opened the door for these moments in your young life?

  3. Read: 1 Peter 4:1. How can suffering and hard times actually grow our faith and help us move away from sin?

  4. Read: 1 Peter 4:2. What is one area you need to align with God’s will and really seek to follow Him more closely? How can others pray for this in your life?

  5. Read: 1 Peter 4:4. Share how someone you know or something in culture is trying to press you toward what they want and away from what God says is best. How can you actively resist this temptation?

  6. Read: 1 Peter 4:7. How can self-control and sober-mindedness help you go deeper in prayer? How does a lack of self-control and an unfocused mind hurt your prayer life?

  7. Read: 1 Peter 4:8. Who needs a little extra touch of God’s love through you? What can you do to show this person God’s love in some way in the next week?

  8. Read: 1 Peter 4:9. Why is God so down on grumbling? What happens to a home or church that lets a complaining and grumbling spirit run wild?