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  • 1. LIFE Group Study Guide May 16, 2010 David Clayton “Handling Pressure”     Opening:   SPELL  THE  WORD  STRESSED  BACKWARDS:  What  does  it  spell?   Discussion  Starters:   Consider  these  quotes  on  stress.  Explain  what  you  think  they  mean:                                •  “It’s  not  stress  that  kills  us;  it  is  our  reaction  to  it.”                                                            —Hans  Selye   •  “Adopting  the  right  attitude  can  convert  a  negative  stress  into  a                        positive  one.”  —Hans  Selye   •  “The  greatest  weapon  against  stress  is  our  ability  to  choose  one                      thought  over  another.”  —William  James     Prevention  magazine  says,  “Almost  nine  out  of  ten  adults  have  experienced  serious   stress.  More  than  four  out  of  ten  adults  suffer  adverse  health  effects  from  stress,  and   some  estimates  suggest  that  75  percent  to  90  percent  of  all  physician  office  visits   are  for  stress-­‐related  complaints.”   1.  What  are  some  common  causes  of  stress?     2.    How  do  most  people  cope  with  stress?     3.    What  causes  you  stress?   DIG Read  Colossians  4:7-­17       Paul  mentions  several  people  who  have  been  through  incredible  times  of  pressure.   From  the  lesson  this  morning,  what  characteristics  did  the  people  listed  display   under  pressure?    •   Tychicus    (v.  8)   •   Onesimus    (v.  9)   •   Aristarchus  (v.  10)   •   Mark  (v.  10)   •   Epaphras  (v.  11)   •   Luke  (v.  14)   •   Archippus  (v.  17)          
  • 2. REFLECT   The  PETE  principle  and  pressure.       P  _  people  bring  pressure  and  stress.          Read  Luke  10:38-­‐42   What  was  it  about  Martha’s  personality  that  created  pressure  and  stress  to  herself   and  those  around  her?   Look  at  the  list  from  Colossians  4  again?  Who  on  that  list  might  have  done  this  to   Paul?     E  _  events  bring  pressure  and  stress      The  list  in  Colossians  4  reveals  how  the  people  around  Paul  responded  to  pressure.        Think  of  some  events  that  Paul  faced  that  were  pressure.      -­‐  Are  there  any  events  in  your  life  right  now  that  pressured  pack?             T_ thoughts can bring pressure and stress. Read Psalm 13 1. How did David work through his thoughts in this Psalm? 2. What does this tell you about the importance of being honest about our stressful thoughts? 3. What does David eventually do with his negative thoughts? E_ emotions can bring pressure and stress. Give examples of how your emotions cause stress. 1. Does stress cause anger or does anger cause stress? Explain. 2. How does dissatisfaction with yourself create stress? 3. How does hopelessness create stress? What can we do to counteract it? 4. How does anxiety create stress? What’s the solution?       PRAYER         REMIND     1. After  this  evening,  there  are  only  2  Life  Group  meetings  left  (23  &  30).   The  last  group  study  Guide  will  be  for  the  23rd  because  the  last  meeting   is  suppose  to  be  a  fellowship  and  wrap  party  type  of  meeting.     2. What  about  summer  offerings?    We  are  having  several  small  groups   at  the  building  plus  a  class  in  the  auditorium.  Sign    up  sheets  in  the   foyer.    
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