Main Theme: Praising God not only changes our attitude. It can also change our situation.
Read in Class: Philippians 4:4-7. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: How do you think Paul could have written such things when he himself was sitting in a prison? In this passage, what are the keys to gaining the “peace of God”?
Apply: What reasons do you have to praise God even in the worst of circumstances? See Ruin Satan’s day.
Share: Your friend asks, is there a difference between praising God in all things and praising God for all things? What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: Joshua 6:15-17 and Hebrews 11:30. Define the main idea of these passages.
Study: What was God trying to teach His people here?
Share: Your friend says there is no way we can have total victory over addictions in this life. How can you sue Hebrews 11:30 to show how faith makes victory a reality.
Read in Class: Acts 16:16-34. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: Why did this event cause the jailer to focus on his own need of salvation? What role do you think Paul’s and Silas’ prayers and songs played in the prisoners’ not running away, and in the conversion of this man and his whole family?
Apply: Who do you think could be influenced for God by a song of praise that could come from your heart? Make a concerted effort to be more open and effusive in your praise to God around others. You don’t know the positive effect it could have.
Share: Your friend asks if Paul and Silas sing hymns of praise caused the earthquake? What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: 2 Chronicles 20:3-12. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: When you see a “vast army” approaching, what is your instinctive reaction? From Jehoshaphat’s response in 2 Chronicles 20:3-12, what can you learn about dealing with overwhelming opposition?
Apply: What spiritual principles can you find in 2 Chronicles 20, that can apply to your own walk with God, especially in times of trial and stress?
Share: Can you think of a friend who could use some encouragement from the Bible passages in this lesson? How can you share it with them this week?