The Garden Principle – Gentleness

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Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: II Samuel 16:5-14, Matthew 11:25-30

Sermon Summary

We are living in a time in which we are being denied daily many of the things we typically take for granted. How are you responding? How do most people respond when things don’t go their way? Jesus and King David display remarkable gentleness in the face of great adversity and personal denial. We learn from them that we have a choice. We can either react to the circumstance or person in anger or respond to God in faith in the midst of it all. God grows gentleness in the garden of denial.

Sermon Application

  • When you are denied something that you want or expect, how do you respond?
  • In our culture, is gentleness considered a strength or a weakness? How so?
  • What images come to mind when you think of harnessed power?
  • How is taking on a yoke a picture of coming under authority?
  • Jesus submitted his life to his Father. What does it mean for you to submit your life to him?
  • How can God turn the wilderness of denial into a garden in which he cultivates gentleness in your life?
  • Have you ever taken off the yoke of your own authority of your life (that is, you deciding everything about yourself) and chosen to take on the yoke of Jesus’ authority in your life (that is, giving Jesus the authority to be in charge of your life)? How so? or Why not?

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The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.