the wilderness

intro (read aloud before the discussion)

We are in a wilderness season! In these seasons we tend to ask, “How can I get out of this fast?” But ultimately the better question is, “What can I get out of this that will last?” Let’s begin to think about how different these two questions are.

SERMON DISCUSSION (Use as a guide for dialogue, let God lead, and read the verses aloud)

1. When was your first wilderness season and how long did that season last?

2. Read Matthew 4:1. Jesus spent 40 days in a very difficult place. What has been difficult about these last three weeks (or these last three months) for you?

3. Read Matthew 4:2. During this season, how have you been tempted? What has Satan’s strategy been with you? What has he been trying to get you to do?

4. Read Matthew 4:3-4. How is the enemy trying to get you to turn stones into bread? In other words, what would it look like for you to use your power to get out of this season “fast”?

5. Read Matthew 4:11. This season has been exhausting (and may continue). What is God trying to do with/in you that will last? And how can you cooperate with Him unto that end?

MINISTRY TIME (Invite the Spirit of God to come – “Come Holy Spirit”)

Read Matthew 4:10. This is a great prayer. “Get away from me, Satan!” Pray this prayer together and for each other.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION (This is a weekly practice as we seek to become more like Jesus)

As this wilderness season continues and as the enemy continues to tempt you, use the prayer Jesus used, “Get away from me, Satan”! Use it daily and moment by moment as you by the Spirit choose faithfulness no matter how long the wilderness season lasts.

daily reading (Tune into the daily “Together On Mission” podcast here and let’s start every day with Jesus)

Matthew 3:13-4:1-3 | Psalm 131
Matthew 4:8-17 | Psalm 132
Matthew 4:5-7, Exodus 17:1-7 | Psalm 133
Matthew 4:10, Genesis 1:26-28 | Psalm 134
Matthew 4:1-2, Hebrews 2:14-18 | Psalm 135
Catch up on daily reading or chose a passage, any passage

Tune in for Week 2 – “The Wilderness without Sunday”