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J.P. Moreland

JULY 14

J.P. MORELAND – OVERCOMING ANXIETY

Distinguished professor and prolific author featured in secular and religious news outlets, J.P. Moreland shares about overcoming anxiety.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What stood out/intrigued you from the messages?

2. Can you relate to what you heard in the message? Has this same idea/challenge come up in your life before, or is it new?

3. How does what you heard affect your life right now (maybe it speaks to something you are going through, struggling with, looking into, etc.)?

4. What challenged you?

5. What is your next step to apply what you heard?

6. Is there someone you feel prompted to share with about what you’ve learned from the message?

DIGGING DEEPER

As you look to dig deeper into the topics of this week’s message, consider checking out JP Moreland’s book called Finding Quiet, available at Gateway on 7/14/19 and on Amazon.com.

Typical Distorted Thinking Patterns in our Self-Talk – J.P. Moreland

1. All or nothing thinking (If you’re not perfect or get anything wrong, you’re a total failure.)

2. Overgeneralizing (“I always do that.”)

3. Mental filter (You pick out a single negative detail and dwell on it.)

4. Discounting the positive (If you did a good job, you tell yourself that anyone could have done it.)

5. Jumping to conclusions or mind reading (Interpreting others actions, tone of voice or body language in a negative way—and fortune telling—you assume and predict that others don’t like you and that things will turn out badly.)

6. Magnification or catastrophizing (You exaggerate your weaknesses or the harmful aspects events that have or may happen, and minimize your strengths or the odds that the event will never happen and, even if it did, the results won’t be that bad.)

7. Emotional reasoning (You actually believe that reality is the way you feel.)

8. Avoid inappropriate “should” statements (Example: “I should avoid being around people because they will see what a loser I am.”)

9. Self-labeling (“I made a mistake so I am a loser.”)

SPIRITUAL OUTCOMES— gatewaychurch.com/spiritual_outcomes/surrender

Philemon

JULY 7

PHILEMON

All around each of us are things that can make us feel bound and stuck in our lives. And if we really dig deep, inside of every human being we’ll find a hole in our lives that can only be filled by the love of God. How can we begin to truly trust that the key to feeling both whole and free comes through saying yes to Jesus?

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Jude

JUNE 30

JUDE

In life, it can be easy to focus on ourselves and try to work things out on our own. But following Jesus means a new way of living. What does it look like to surrender to God, and what kind of payoff does God promise those of us who choose that type of sacrifice?

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2 John

JUNE 23

2 JOHN

Sometimes we find truly valuable things in the most unlikely of places. For some, it seems easy to skip over the shorter books of the Bible, but the reality is, one page of poetry, one page of a letter, and especially one page of Scripture can change the trajectory of a person’s life. The book of 2 John is no exception to this notion, as the book gives important ways we can love like Jesus did. How could learning to love like Jesus loves change your life and community?

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The Payoff of Pain

JUNE 9

THE PAYOFF OF PAIN

None of us likes to experience pain or pressure in our lives. But sometimes the hardest times in our lives can prove to also be the most important times. How can we identify the payoff to our pain?

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The Path to Joy is Hard

JUNE 2

THE PATH TO JOY IS HARD

In life, we all naturally want to avoid pain and discomfort in exchange for comfort, pleasure, and success. But what if suffering didn’t have to be pointless? What if moments of pain could lead us right to the amazing joy we all crave?

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Suffering Defeats Evil

MAY 26

SUFFERING DEFEATS EVIL

In a society that has reduced many of life’s hardships through modern medicine, social justice, technology, and democracy, we’ve become more sensitive to the suffering we can’t escape. We find ourselves crushed by it, sometimes because of trivial things and other times because of true tragedy. If God offers us resilience, joy, and redemption by trusting Him, are we willing to take those steps of faith?

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We’re Not Home Yet

MAY 19

WE’RE NOT HOME YET

We are all guaranteed to have some difficulties in our lives. But despite the storms of life that inevitably come our way, there’s a way through them that can make us overcomers too. How could shifting our perspective change how we perceive our trials? Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.

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