Stressed - Week 3
There’s something about the future that just stresses us out. The unknown, the what if’s, and the worries about the future can send even the calmest people into a panic. And the bad news is, stressing out about our futures doesn’t actually help. This week, we’ll discover that the best thing we can do for our future selves in those stressful moments is to choose joy now.
Goal of Small Groups:
To help students understand that they can’t control the future, but they CAN control how they choose to respond to stress today!
Choose joy now.
Acts 16:18-25 - And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.
And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, "These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice." The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,