Brave Bible Study Week 4

Welcome back to our bible study on Brave by Angela Thomas. We just finished reading week four and learned how  trembling hearts find comfort and strength in a Sovereign God. Angela shared her personal story of fear and a beautiful story of comfort and bravery from knowing who we are in Christ. She writes “The physical body gasps for air when we cannot breathe, just as the spiritual body gasps for grace when we are in need.” We discover that God knows our need, even when He seems silent. Our fear draws us closer to the One who comforts and loves us by Grace.

Choosing to call upon God is a choice. You can believe that He hears and comforts His children, or you can believe that man determines your destiny. Throughout scripture we see evidence and examples of people calling out for God, and He answers. This is one of the reasons why bible study is so essential to spiritual growth. By staying in the Word and feeding from it, we stay out of the world and feeding on worldviews. Digest scripture words and live “under the authority of a loving, eternal God who does not flinch, doubt or guess,” as Angela Thomas recommends. Grasp the inner comfort that is given to you from a loving and knowing Father, the I AM.

Abba.

Prayer Requests

Please visit our Prayer Wall and post a prayer or a praise report. Before you leave, take some time and pray for someone’s need. Lift others up as God has lifted you up. Send up prayers for the Lord to hear and answer.

Angela Thomas Quotes

  • Those who are in Christ are being made brave.
  • Our Conqueror is the only One who can save us from our fears.
  • Our God knows our great need.
  • Exercising your faith is a choice.
  • Even when God is silent and you can’t hear Him speak, He is still your only answer.
  • If God were going to abandon you, He never would have sent His son.
  • If God were going to abandon you, Jesus never would have gone to the cross.
  • The woman who believes in the sovereignty of God finds a quick comfort in her troubles.

For Next Week

Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like

  1. How can you “be of good cheer” even when you are trembling inside? (page 89 )
  2. How has your suffering helped you turn outward toward others? (page 97 )
  3. What is your first response when trouble comes? (page 99 )
  4. Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.

Comments

  1. Jennifer D says

    4. Share a favorite moment from this week’s study. Page 91 at the bottom of the page. Reading Psalm 22. Page 104 the poem in the middle of the page by Hannah Whitall Smith

  2. Allison says

    1. How can you “be of good cheer” even when you are trembling inside? (page 89 )

    One word: Faith

    Since the Greek word for “be of good cheer” is “therasite which means be of good courage, we need to be strong and courageous in times of fear.

    2. How has your suffering helped you turn outward toward others? (page 97 )

    I became a good parent to my four children, breaking the chain of the abuses I suffered during a painfully dysfunctional childhood. I still have the scars of insecurity, but I have much to be thankful for in the 26 years since becoming a mother.

    3. What is your first response when trouble comes? (page 99 )

    I tend to over-react. I tend to be over-emotional. I tend to think about possible negative outcomes.

    4. Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.

    To be reminded that God is in control of everything and that He is the God of all comfort. I pray that I will remember when trouble comes.

  3. says

    I know that I am about a week behind, but God is showing me so much and at the exact time that I need it. So here are my answers to the questions from Week 4! :)

    1) How can you “be of good cheer” even when you are trembling inside? (page 89 )
    Smile through the pain–it helps it even just a little! If I make myself smile, thinking of the good things in my life, the blessings from God, like my children, my husband, the beautiful nature around me…I can breathe just a little easier!

    2) How has your suffering helped you turn outward toward others? (page 97 )
    Give advice to friends and family—or better said as sharing my testimony may encourage friends and family…it’s not so much “advice” as it is sharing the great things that God has done in my life, even through suffering!

    3) What is your first response when trouble comes? (page 99 )
    “Who to call?” “What can I do?” Google, Money, A Plan, etc. I always seem to reach for something tangible or worldly first…I have been recognizing this more and more and trying to stop myself. so that I call on God first!!

    4) Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.
    Day 5 was AMAZING for me! Perfectly on time, even though I am a week behind in the study!
    “Sinful men or a fallen world do not determine my life’s destiny.”
    “He works out everything. He brings everything under His lordship. He sustains everything.”
    Also Day 4 pg. 103 was another confirmation answer to a prayer that I’ve been praying “my, friend, hold on.”
    It was a WOW God Bible study week for sure!!!!

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