Small Group Studies

Be Brave: Week 5 Study


In our world today, we are all worried about many things. We are worried about the unknown, the unlikely, and the uncontrollable. Things that concern us include our finances, our health and the health those we love and care about, our relationships, upcoming decisions, and the list could go on and on. The question is, how do we respond when worry arises? Who do we turn to when we face circumstances beyond our control? Today we are going to talk about how Scripture calls us to turn to God when we are worried, who gives peace in the most difficult storm.


Who is the first person you go to when you are worried about something?


1. Why do you think people are so prone to worry?

2. What have you been worried about this week?

3. Read Psalm 8:1-9. What do these verses teach us about God?

Psalm 8:1-9

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
    Your glory is higher than the heavens.
You have taught children and infants
    to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies
    and all who oppose you.

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
    the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
    human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
    putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
    and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
    and everything that swims the ocean currents.

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

4. Read Matthew 6:25-34. According to these verses, why can God be trusted?

Matthew 6:25-34

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

5. Being very honest with yourself (and your group), do you trust God in the situations that you are worried about? Why or why not? How can trusting God bring comfort when you are worried?

6. Read Philippians 4:8-9. What is the promise when we think about the things mentioned in these verses? Have you found that prayer releases you from fear or anxiety? Why or why not?

Philippians 4:8-9

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

7. Have you completed your homework assignment for this week and made your box of things you are trusting God for? If not, why? If so, what things are you trusting God for?


Pair up in groups of two or three and spend some time talking about the things you are trusting God for. Next, pray for each other. Pray for the needs and concerns that have been mentioned. During your prayer, acknowledge that God is all powerful and capable of providing for each one of your needs.


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Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.