Session 8 | Are you tired?

WEEK 8

Key Scripture:

Matthew 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Hebrews 13:1-3 “Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

John 8:34-36 “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'”

Instructions

 

Step 1: 

Watch & listen to the video below:  Zach Williams | No Longer Slaves

1. In the previous lesson we heard that we are God’s sons and that He wants to be our father, do you feel like a child of God, or do you feel enslaved to the world and its things?

2. What will you say is the difference between being a slave or being free in our modern day world?

3. Is fear controlling or have some kind of control in your life?

4. Do you think there is different kinds of fear? What about a healthy fear?

5. In the music video above, Zach and his band serves the prisoners with a worship session, do you think a person can be in prison, but be free? Can it be that some people aren’t in prison but are incarcerated? 

Pray these words before you go onto Step 2.

Lord Set Me Free From Bondage, Other’s Expectations, Stress and Fear! Ephesians 6:10–12 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

In Jesus Name Amen.

Step 2: 

Watch the video below: Wild Life Session 8 | Are you tired? Write it while you watch it so you don’t forget it.

Runtime: 15min 58sec 

16. With which guy or guys did you relate to? Jason – Ronnie – Trey – Will – Clay – Jay – Tony

7. Why did you relate to him/them? What stood out for you in the video above?

8. Are you tired? Write down the things that are making you feel worn out. Make two columns on the one side write down things you can change, on the other things you can not change.

9. Can you identify with the concept of the “performance treadmill”?

10. The guys discussed how a gap can open up in your lives that we try to compensate for ourselves. What gap(s) can you identify in your life? How have you tried to fill them?

11. Read Matthew 11:28-30. What do you feel when you read Jesus’s words? What do they want to make you do?

12. Can you observe in the video above the fact that these men (even although they are strangers to each other) are opening up in conversation. Have you experienced this in the past 8 weeks to some degree? Finding an authentic way of sharing live experiences and battles are actually helping the guys above to heal? Why do you think this concept works?

13. In the video we can see the guys are respecting each other in different ways: Like: they give each other a chance to talk; they say supportive things; they do not rebuke each other; they listen when someone is talking; their body language is positive and engaging; they are relaxed; they engage with eye contact during conversation; they do not force their opinions; they are having fun but still are serious; they stay on topic.

In your men’s group have you experienced the same things as above? Is there something or some actions you need to apologize for?

Write a prayer

Take your notes and write down a prayer asking the Holy Spirit for guidance. 

Step 3: 

Watch the video below: Robert & Ricky | What is being really free mean?

Runtime: 20min 32sec

Step 4:

14. Ricky said that the biggest punishment in prison was that he was estranged from his family and the important events in their lives. Is this the case in your own life? Some men aren’t even incarcerated but they still do not have access to loved ones or choose to be estranged.

15. If you are estranged to your family, siblings or loved ones, is it something you can change or set right? What is keeping you back from doing this?

16. Right through the Bible history up to today we experience brothers, sisters or families fighting or not talking to each other. Is this the case in your own family, has it been a generational thing in your family where things aren’t right between loved ones?

17. Although Ricky has a 28 year prison sentence he has still found the his way and became the man God created him to be, can you say this about your own life? Has your circumstances propelled you towards God or are you still looking for excuses not to become the Authentic Man he created you to be.

18. Ricky was caught manipulating and taking advantage of woman for sexual favors? His crime was that he was using illegal substances (drugs) as bait. Have you ever tried manipulating and taking advantage of woman for sexual favors, even in the smallest degree? What was your bait; money, fame, emotional intelligence or ………?

Is this something you need to ask God for forgiveness, or even go and ask for forgiveness from the women you have wounded?

19. Can you see the sin of manipulation in the loved ones around you? Is this something you need to address? We learned in previous lessons that an Authentic Man does not stand around and look onwards as the devil has a “field day” with his loved ones. Adam was passive, we need too lead courageously.

20. What is keeping you from addressing issues? Can it be fear? Fear of rejection?

21. God has called every man into discipleship – no matter where you find yourself. Is discipleship apart or woven into of your daily activities. Ricky is in jail but leading hundreds of men in Men’s Ministry.

22. What stood out for you in the video about Ricky & Robert?

Step 5:

Connect with your group and group leader on WhatsApp again. Update them on how things are going. If you have need or prayer requests let them know.

Make sure you have week 8 discussion link and chat password. Get this from your LCF Group Leader.

Do not talk outside the group – mutual respect builds strong friendships and good character.

Come prepared & expectant – especially spiritually. Let the Holy Spirit work! 

Step 6: 

Be on the lookout for the next session: Session 9 – released every new Week.

Next time:
Next time we’re together, our new friends go Axe Throwing.

GOOD BOOKS TO READ
GREAT SONGS TO LISTEN TO
STORIES OF REAL PEOPLE

Zach’s Story

Husband, father, singer, songwriter, worship leader, campus director at his home church in Arkansas, and now, most recently added to Zach Williams’ list of titles is recording artist. Signing with Provident Label Group’s Essential Records, he will release his powerful debut single, “Chain Breaker,” this summer to radio stations across the U.S.

Never in his wildest dreams did Zach Williams think that he would be in this place of writing and recording music in the Christian music industry, especially from years of hard living on the road while in a rock & roll band. He thought his life was fulfilling and he was doing what he had always wanted to do, but that left him empty, lonely, and further away from God and his family than ever before. For years he sought meaning and fulfillment in the unhealthy, and sometimes dangerous, lifestyle he was living. He eventually found refuge in a fellow band mate, thanks to their countless late nights on the road talking about God, faith and what their lives could actually be like beyond the band.

“Even though I grew up going to church every Sunday as a kid, even though I knew right from wrong and said I was a Christian, there was absolutely nothing about the way I was living that reflected these things,” Zach shares. “It took a trip to Europe in 2012 to stop me dead in my tracks and show me just how lost I really was.” That year, with his wife by his side, his faith became real to him and he found renewal by dedicating his life to Christ. He hasn’t looked back since.