Still Room For Wonder (Part 4): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

The way to be loved is to be still.

Study Verses

Matthew 2:9-11, Ephesians 3:16-19, Psalm 40:3-8, Psalm 63:1-8, 2 Corinthian 5:13-15

Key Points

  • Christ invites us to align our heart to what is worthy of our affection.
  • To be still is to SEEK. To be still is to ALLOW. To be still is to be LOVED.
  • Love always overflows in a creative expression.
  • We seek that which we want the most.
  • If we’re not seeking His Kingdom, we’re just wasting time building our own. 
  • Restlessness makes us wonder in the wrong direction. 
  • What you are filled with dissipates what you are full of.
  • We get filled with His love by grasping not with our hands, but our hearts.
  • Worship is a weapon that pushes the darkness back in order to help us see beyond our circumstances and the emotion of our current situation.
  • Love doesn’t politely invite fear to leave. It comes full force to drive it out.
  • His love for us empowers us to love and awakens us to see.

ENCOUNTER

“Life with God [of God-with-us] isn’t an intellectual proposition or mere doctrinal adherence, but it is a reality that unfolds before us in breathtaking detail, mediated through the actual experience of our lives.” Richard Foster

  • What was the song that spoke to you most growing up? Why did you turn to this song (boost mood, inspiration, let off steam, pump you up, etc.)? How did this song speak to your heart?
  • How can worship serve as a weapon to our restlessness and worry?
  • Read the quote from Richard Foster. What does one miss out on when their experience with God is just that of strictly head knowledge? How are our eyes awaken to wonder when we live a life of faith?
  • How does restlessness cause us to wonder in the wrong direction? What do our eyes gravitate towards when we’re restless?

FORMATION

  • Read Matthew 2:9-11. How did seeking lead the wise men to worship?
  • Read Ephesians 3:16-19. How does one begin to “grasp” the depth of Christ’s love for them? What’s the difference between grasping with our hands and grasping with our hearts?
  • Read Psalm 40:3-8 and Psalm 63:1-8. How did the writer of these psalms use worship as a weapon? In what ways was he utilizing song as a way to refocus his eyes and refuel his heart?
  • Read 2 Corinthians 5:13-15. How should Christ’s love compel us to see the world around us and our part in it? Why does love always express itself?

EXPRESSION

  • Where do you need to use worship as a weapon? What would worship be battling against in this situation?
  • To seek is to see, allow and to be loved. Of the three, which one do you need to devote more energy and thought towards? Why does this one stick out?
  • Take a moment to reflect on the current condition of your heart. At this moment, what is your heart full of? How does your answer make you feel?
  • If we’re not seeking God’s Kingdom, we’re building our own. Where are you wasting time and effort seeking your own kingdom? What would it look like to hand over this place to Christ?
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