Crisis drives people to take spiritual inventory. During this crisis, and in our whole lives, we should be proactive in pursuing the disciplines of solitude, Bible reading, prayer, and meditation.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing about this message that you found particularly compelling, encouraging, challenging, or beneficial?
- What do you think of when you hear the phrase “spiritual disciplines”? How does prosperity tend to bring a laxness to these disciplines?
- Read and discuss 1 Timothy 4:6-10. What are the benefits of training oneself in godliness?
- Discuss this statement: “Crisis drives people to spiritual awareness.” How do you anticipate that these current days will create or renew spiritual awareness? How does the fragility of this world serve to highlight the joy of the eternal gospel?
- Consider Philippians 4:8 and the spiritual discipline of solitude. How do you need to “turn off the noise” and get away? What keeps you from this?
- Consider Psalm 119:18 and the spiritual discipline of Bible reading/study. What is the importance of reading and studying the Bible? Is there a disconnect between what you believe about the Word and how often you spend time in it?
- Consider 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and the spiritual discipline of prayer. What is the role of prayer in the believer’s life? What does it mean to “pray without ceasing”?
- Consider Psalm 1 and the spiritual discipline of meditating on the Scriptures. What does it mean to meditate in the biblical sense? How is this distinct from reading and studying the Bible? What benefits have you gleaned from mediating on the truths of God?
- How can you be proactive now in developing these disciplines? How can we maintain these disciplines after the virus subsides?
- Spend some time in prayer for the things you’ve discussed. Ask God to help us not forget Him when this season is over.