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