Resetting Your TROUBLED Heart – Deric Bartlett


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This week, Pastor Deric continues the series ‘Reset’ with a message titled ‘Resetting Your Troubled Heart’, based on John 14.

TURMOIL & ANXIETY are a universal human EXPERIENCE
RELATIONSHIP is the universal human NEED
BELONGING is a universal human LONGING
ASSURANCE AND HOPE are a universal GIFT

ICEBREAKER:
 
What kind of challenges are you facing these days?
 
1. According to John 13:31-38, what were some of the reasons for the disciples’ troubled hearts [John 14:1]? What lay ahead that would be even more troubling? What is troubling your heart today that Jesus is able to calm [cf. Psalm 42:5; John 14:27; and John 16:22]?
 
2. What remedy did Jesus prescribe to His disciples for their troubled hearts that is just as effective for us today [John 14:1]? How are you practicing this? Consider also Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 43:1-3; and John 16:33.
 
3. Since the disciples were troubled in heart in their present circumstances, Jesus reassured them with their future destiny [John 14:2]. How is Jesus’ promise of preparing a place for believers in the Father’s house reassuring you today [cf. Psalm 23:6; 2 Corinthians 5:1; and Hebrews 11:16]?
 
4. How are you using the promised return of Christ [John 14:3] to quell the fear, anxiety, and confusion that is raging in our present world [cf. Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; and Titus 2:11-14]?
 
5. Based on Jesus’ declaration in John 14:6 that He is the only way to the Father, how would you counter the false idea that all religious beliefs lead to God [cf. John 1:14; John 11:25; and Acts 4:12]?
 
6. Jesus made the astonishing claim that to see Him was to see the Father [John 14:7-11]. How do you know He was telling the truth? What do Jesus’ life and teachings reveal about the Father? Consult Isaiah 9:6-7; Colossians 1:15-20; and Hebrews 1:1-3 as well.
 
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
 
“Down through the centuries in times of trouble and trial God has brought courage to the hearts of those who love Him. The Bible is filled with assurances of God’s help and comfort in every kind of trouble which might cause fears to arise in the human heart. You can look ahead with promise, hope, and joy.” (Billy Graham)