Mother’s Day fast approaches and presents another opportunity to honor mothers. Mother’s alone have that shared experience of what it’s like to carry another human being in their body. Motherhood brings many emotions in life like fear, joy or anxiety. Many of these emotions are attached to expectations.
This Sunday I wanted to explore this area of expectations, so we can better understand how they impact us in positive or negative ways. Mothers have always had huge expectations put on them by society and from themselves, but what does God’s word say about these expectations?
Come join us Sunday as we explore “Are great expectations stealing your peace?”
Expectation- a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.
Pastor Scott Crossfield
STEPS TO PREPARE
PRAY FOR THE SERVICES AND FOR YOURSELF
AND ME AND THE OTHER TEACHERS.
PRAYERFULLY READ THE SCRIPTURES
AND CONSIDER THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND A PREACHING SERVICE AND A SMALL GROUP.
INVITE SOMEONE TO COME WITH YOU.
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY: SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
1) Have you ever gotten in trouble for not sharing your expectations? (Expecting people to read your mind) Explain?
2) Are your expectations realistic or unrealistic? How do you know?
3) Look at the chart below. Which of these emotions have you experienced because of expectations? What happened?
Dr. Bill McRae
4) What does God expect from you?
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Psalm 51:16,17 16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Luke 10:25-28 25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
5) What should we do with our expectations?
Matthew 11:28-30 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
6) What can you expect from God?
Deuteronomy 31:6 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
John 14:3 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
7) What expectations do you need to give to God today?
8) How can we pray for you?