Life Without Lack: Quitting Fear (Week 4)
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Lent is the 46-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter. It’s meant to be a time for confession, repentance, grief, fasting, and meditation on Scripture — preparing our hearts to celebrate resurrected life with Jesus on Easter. We as a church are keeping this tradition by meditating on Psalm 23 and practicing quitting something each week. If you have any encouragements or suggestions related to CG Material, please email email@example.com.
Meditating on Psalm 23:4
(We pray with the Psalm to worshipfully cultivate intimacy with God.)
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley — Take a few minutes as a group to express brief prayers of appreciation for the character of God during times of darkness and difficulty. For example, “Lord, you are always present,” or “Lord, you are a sustainer through trouble.”
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. — Take 5 minutes in silent prayer and reflection:
- What evil are you fearful of? What are you currently most afraid of in your life?
- Ask God to be present with you in your fears. What words of care and comfort might He have for you? Faithfully take note of any words, images, or impressions.
Share briefly — Take a few minutes as a group to briefly share what came to mind in this meditation on Psalm 23:4.
- According to these passages, who does God show Himself to be in times of fear?
- What does God want for His people in fearful moments?
- If you read these passages as a mirror to examine your own life, what do you see? What message does the Bible have for you and your fears?
(This Lent season, we will take up an accountable practice of fasting from something each week — and not just quitting a behavior, but also a way of life. Split into smaller groups, possibly by gender, to share deeply.)
Share vulnerably with your smaller group:
- Reflecting on the practice you chose last week for Quitting Wandering, give an account of how it went. Would you like to continue this practice?
- What are you most fearful of lately, and how do you want God’s help? In what ways do you want God to embolden, empower, or encourage you?
Choose and Declare a Practice of Quitting Fear
(Take on one of the options below or create your own. We will have opportunities to give an account of how it was to practice these each week.)
- Who is a person you are afraid to make amends with? Reach out to him or her in pursuit of reconciliation this week (unless reaching out would cause harm to you or the person).
- Ask God to put on your heart one risk to take this week, and then faithfully and courageously follow through with it.
- Take 20-30 minutes to pray through your biggest fears. Ask God to show you the root of these fears, praying Psalm 23.4.
- Design your own practice. (Make it practical, prayerful, and helpful for quitting fear.)