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1. Tune in to the presence of God.

  • Scripture reference: Romans 8:12-17
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. Fear of the unknown keeps us from tuning into the presence of God. 
    • 2. We need to be reminded that God is more than enough. 
    • 3. It is impossible to escape the presence of God. His children always have access. 
  • Question for reflection: When you think about being in the presence of the LORD, what thoughts come to mind? 

2. Tune in to His attributes.

  • Scripture reference: Romans 8:12-17
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. Getting into God’s presence means getting into His family and this is where we learn His attributes. 
    • 2. Getting into his presence means we inherit family over religion. 
    • 3. As God’s children, we must get into His presence in order to reflect his character. When you are in God’s presence you get a new identity.
  • Question for reflection: God’s attributes must be evident in His children and family. What are the attributes of God that are the most important to you? How can you reflect more of God’s attributes to the people around you? 

3. Tune in to His ability.

  • Scripture reference: Romans 8:12-17
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. The Spirit of God bears witness that we are children of God. 
    • 2. The Spirit of God also testifies that we are heirs with Christ and that we will both suffer and be glorified together. 
  • Question for reflection: When you think about God’s ability to keep you close to Him, describe how it makes you feel? What passages of Scripture come to mind when you think about the ability of God to be a good Father? 

4. Tune in to His authority.

  • Scripture reference: Romans 8:37-39
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. God alone is able to both keep an inheritance for us as well as to keep us for an inheritance.  
    • 2. Nothing created will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
  • Question for reflection: When Paul discusses being “more than conquerors”, why do you think he used this language to describe our identity in Jesus? 
  1. Tune out the noise of the world.
  • Scripture reference 2 Timothy 3:1 
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. As children of God, the news will always have plenty of anxiety to throw at us. We have to walk in a biblical fashion and with a biblical worldview.
    • 2. The noise of the world is Goliath screaming at us trying to distract us. The church shouldn’t move with the world and it’s views. 
    • 3. We must hold onto transformational truth not transactional truth. 
  • Question for reflection:  What are three things in your life that consistently cause you to question God’s authority? How can you practice tuning into God’s presence in order to better focus on God’s authority? 

 6. Tune up the Praise of God.

  • Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 17 
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. The joy of the Lord is our strength. We need to get enough joy in us that no weapon formed against us will prosper. 
    • 2. Whatever gets you into the presence of God, do it. Turn off the news and tune up the praise. 
  • Question for reflection: We looked briefly at the conflict between David and Goliath. In what ways are you inspired by David’s response to Goliath’s mockery and attacks? From where did David draw strength and courage? When will you begin to draw from that same place? 

Optional Follow-up Questions:

  • What makes you say that?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • How would you explain your answer to a non-Christian friend or neighbor?
  • Why did God design it to work that way? Why not just do (whatever else) instead?
  • What would you say to someone who disagrees with that?
  • Why do we really have to do it like that? Why can’t we just go (some other route) instead?