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Fear Not - Week 4 - Fear of Rejection

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BEFORE YOU GATHER

  • Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
  • If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
  • Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
  • To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips.
  • As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a suggestion of how your group can invite God into your time together.

  • God, we ask You to fill this space. We pray that as we enter this time of sharing, discussion, exploration and prayer, that You would go before us and help us to discover more fully how You see us.
  • Thank You that we don’t have to perform or change who we are to please You - You know us fully and love us unconditionally. The Bible says You not only accept us, You delight in us! (Zephaniah 3:17)
  • Help us recognize how past rejection is keeping us from all that You have planned for us. Prompt us to take our next bold step of faith, however big or small.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
When was the first time you remember being rejected? Does this have any impact on who you are today?
 
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
 
This week we will explore how rejection becomes redirection.
 
Rejection is universal and it hurts. The fear of rejection can keep us from moving forward in big and small ways. Like Leah, we can live under the “shadow of rejection." However, rejection becomes redirection when we begin to intentionally reject the lies of rejection and leverage God’s truth about us. God always has the last word.
 
Open your Bibles and together read:
 
Ephesians 1:3-6

  • What new insight do you gain about your identity?
  • When were you chosen?
Genesis 50:19-21

  • Recount the details of Joseph’s rejection and what has lead up to this moment.
  • How does Joseph’s relationship with God shape his response to the rejection he experienced? To his brothers?
  • Do you have a story about when you were rejected only to later discover that it was the very best thing that could have happened? What did you learn about you? About God?
  • Must we face failure and rejection to know success and to grow?
  • Consider and discuss how rejection hits you harder when you are not seeing a situation clearly enough. How does seeing rejection in the bigger picture of God’s plan make all the difference?
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes): 
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here are some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
 
  • Ask God to heal you from the fear of rejection: We bring all rejection and hurt to You, God. We don't know what You're going to do but we trust You and know it's going to be good. Help us to be diligent to recognize the lies of rejection and replace it with the truth of Your Word. Teach us how to forgive those who have hurt us.
  • Ask God for assurance of His love and acceptance: God help us to know Your love, in real, undeniable, and personal ways in our everyday lives. We want to be a people overwhelmed with the love and acceptance You have for us.d
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:
 
  • Bring the hurt of rejection to God - He is the only one who can heal you.
  • Forgive the person who rejected you. Stop letting that person effect how you about yourself. Believe God that you are enough.
  • Think of an area in your life where you hold back because of the fear of rejection. What specific actions will you take this week in order to shift your focus to God’s acceptance of you?
  • There are MANY biblical examples we have of those who faced rejection. Take time this week and select one or two of the individuals below and explore their story. Watch for how God has the last word.
    • Hagar - Read Genesis 16:1–16; 21:8–21
    • Noah - Read Genesis 6:1-9:29
    • Stephen - Read Acts 6:1-9:17
    • Jesus - Read Luke 4:14-30 and Isaiah 53
  • Write down this verse now and put it somewhere you will see it everyday:
    “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." 1 Peter 2:9 
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