February 28th Message: Discussion Points

Managing Pressure - Knowing Who You Really Are: Talk About It

We are all unique in God. Accepting this uniqueness helps us manage the constant pressure we experience. In this current situation, knowing who we are in Jesus can help us cope, and even thrive. If we don’t know who we are, others will try to mold us into what they think we ought to be.

God not only loves us; He likes us. We were made by God. We are not an accident. We are made for a purpose. We are fallen and flawed but deeply loved. Jesus died for us.

Exodus 3:13,14 - What does this statement tell us about God?

John 8:18 – What does this statement tell us about Jesus?

We are defined by our allegiance, what we hold as important (Mark 12:30,31)

At times, doing God’s will may be anything but peaceful. It may ruffle feathers or stir negative emotions in others. Not all will agree with our decisions. At times, living our Gospel values will bring us opposition.

Doing what is right will bring inner peace.

Peace of God – John 14:27.

Peace within ourselves as we embrace and live out our values. Our beliefs and values should determine our actions.

· Dr. Matt Johnson stated: “We have a natural desire for consistency with our beliefs and our actions.”

· Cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort resulting in conflicting actions and values, creating internal strife and confusion.

· Living a life consistent with our values and beliefs brings peace of mind, clarity.

Romans 7:15 – 24

Galatians 5:17

Who We Are in Christ:

John 1:12

Galatians 3:26-29

Galatians 4:6-7

1 Peter 2:9-10

Matthew 5:13

John 15:16

1 Corinthians 3:16

2 Corinthians 5:17

2 Corinthians 6:1

Dealing with the Inner Critic:

Romans 8:34

1 Timothy 1:15

Mark 12:30 – 31

John 3:16

Romans 5:17

Ephesians 1:6

Learning to Accept Our Difference:

2 Corinthians 5:17

1 Peter 2:9

Hebrews 13:20-21:

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus - that great Shepherd of the sheep - equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

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