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SELF-MANAGEMENT

Mood Swings: Week #3

Message Series: Mood Swings

Message:  Self-Management

Communicator: Pastor Kevin Geer

Big Idea: 

Central Text/s: Colossians 3:8,12; Ephesians 4:26,27; Proverbs 14:29; Matthew 15:18; Proverbs 15:1; 12:6; 

Wins and Words of the Week: Take time to share WINS, (what God did) and WORD, (what God shared with you from His word) that moved you and others forward and closer to Jesus.

Ice Breaker: Describe how your time of “shelter in place” has confirmed or confused your thinking about your personality trait of being an extrovert or an introvert?  Has it confirmed or confused you about others you know?

Questions to Consider:

  1. What was your biggest take-away from this week’s message? What did you do differently as a result? 
  2. Read 1 Kings 19:1-9. Describe what being refreshed looks and feels like to you, your “nap & snack” time. What do you do to “nap” and what “snack” do you eat?
  3. Looking again at Colossians 3:8,12 How has changing your “emotional wardrobe” from the negative emotions to the godly positive emotions make a difference this week? Did anyone notice the change?
  4. Kevin stated that our words are the “dipstick” of our lives. Read Ephesians 4:29. How can changing the way we speak be a benefit to others?
  5. Emotions can enhance or they can steal from us. Looking through the lens of your relationships, describe a time when this was true for you.  
  6. Talk about the statement: “No one else but you is responsible for how you express your emotions”. Do you agree or disagree with this statement and why?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Why do you think the bible addresses the emotion of anger so often? (See Col.3:8; Mk.3:5; Eph. 4:26-27; Heb. 4;15; Pr. 12:16, 15:1)   What are some practical ways you control the expression of your anger? 
  2. Can positive emotions be expressed as offensive to others the same as negative emotions?  Why or why not? Share some examples from your life? 
  3. What makes picking up offenses attractive to you?  What makes them appear as puppies to be cuddled?  How quickly (if ever) do you see the insidious side of picking up offenses?
  4. What helps you to ‘kill the puppy,’ or put to death offenses in your life?  What offense do you need to put to death today?
  5. Who in your group will you call, text or email this week to discuss and pray about how you express your emotions? When will you contact them? Which of your emotional expressions will you ask for help?

Questions for Application: 

  1. What specific steps will I/We take to live out what we just discussed? 
  2. Who can we share this message or truth with? What is their name?
  3. Who are you praying for to know Jesus? What is their name?
  4. Who will I partner with to keep me accountable so I/We can grow?

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