AfterThoughts - March 15, 2020

This Sunday, the Dawson Family of Faith worshipped together online in an effort to honor Jefferson County’s request to minimize the potential spread of infection, to love one another, and to faithfully offer our worship to God.

  • Pastor David said we are living in unprecedented and unusual times and should avoid living in either of these two extremes. How are you tempted to overreact or minimize the current situation? Explain.
  • Pastor David shared that, as believers and followers of Jesus, we are called to trust God in unprecedented days. Even though we have the illusion that we are in control, we are not. Instead, we are in relationship with the One who is sovereign over all things. How does this truth reassure you? How does it challenge you to let go of your fear or anxiety?
  • Christians are called to trust God and pray during uncertain times. How will you respond to those calls this week?
  • In discussing Philippians 4:6–7, Pastor David shared a powerful truth: Christ in us is more powerful than the circumstances around us. Who do you know that needs to hear this comforting fact? How can you share it with him or her this week?

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PRAYER PROMPTS:

1.  Pray for our leaders as they make decisions and recommendations.

2.  Pray for scientists and health care professionals as they treat those that are ill and seek ways to treat the virus.

3.  Pray for the sick and vulnerable.

4.  Pray for missionaries in areas of the world where the virus is already very widespread.

5.  Pray for ways to help those in your area that are vulnerable.

ADDITIONAL DISCOVERY:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. 

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

 ~ Psalm 46

“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”  ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6–7

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” ~ Jude 24–25

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