Quiet Strength - Session 6 - 05.04.15

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 6: WHAT IS YOUR LEGACY?
MAY 4, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

"Study It"

  • Read the “Study It” section on pages 66-67 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • An excerpt:
    If there's one idea that you should've picked up by now in the six studies, it's that you matter. You matter to God. You matter to those around you. What you do matters. What you leave undone matters. For better or worse, you were leaving a legacy. Whether you like it or not, the world -- and especially those around you -- is affected by the way you act, the things you say, and the things you do.

Read

  • Read Matthew 25:31-46

The Final Judgment
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

Discuss

Join in the discussion by using the comments section below to post your responses to the questions on Page 66 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study:

  • What are the differences between the sheep and the goats in this passage?
  • Which of the things in verses 35-36 have you done?
  • What are some of the other things you or others you know have done that could be included in the list in verses 35-36?
  • What do you verses 40 and 45 say about the impact of your actions?
  • What does this passage say about the legacy you're building?
  • What does this passage motivate you to do differently with the remaining years of your life?

Self Examination

  • From pages 67 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study:

Noticed that in this passage, the sheep and goats were not surprised at which group they ended up in. Instead, they were surprised that Jesus' reaction to how they lived. They were deemed righteous or wicked in the way they approached Jesus. If you want to live a legacy that really lasts, if you want to make a real difference in this world, if you want to be counted with the righteous at the Final Judgment, you must rely on Jesus. If you fully give your life to Jesus, tremendous, world-changing works will flow out of your life, and you will share in the eternal reward and celebration of your legacy.

Spend a few minutes in silent prayer. Take a moment right now to think about where you stand before Jesus. If you have never turned control of your life over to Jesus or claimed Him as your Lord, take this opportunity to do so. If there are parts of your life that you are holding back from Jesus, give them over to Him during this time.

Quiet Strength - Session 6 - 04.13.2015

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 6: WHAT IS YOUR LEGACY?
APRIL 13, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

Scripture Passage

Genesis 5:24 (HCSB)
Enoch walked with God; then he was not there because God took him.

"Think About It"

  • Read the “Think About It” section on pages 61-63 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • An excerpt:
    The Bible gives very little detail about a man named Enoch. We can read about his lineage in various passages; in the book of Jude tells us that Enoch gave a prophecy about God's judgment. But Enoch is best remembered for one simple sentence in Genesis 5:24: "Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away" (NIV).

    Enoch's remembrance is short, simple -- and powerful. Enoch walked with God. This simple sentence says so much because we know what's behind "walking with God." We are well aware of the striving, discipline, obedience, and love for others that come with walking with God. We understand the sacrifice and joy surrounding an intimate friendship with our Creator.

    What more could a man want or aspire to be? What greater legacy could a person leave?

Discuss

Join in the discussion by using the comments section below to post your responses to the questions on Page 62-63 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study:

Imagine for a moment that God is going to write a one-sentence summary of your life similar to the summary He gave us of Enoch in His Word. In the comments section below, write down what you think God would write based on your life thus far. Then write down what you hope that summary would say at the end of your life.

  • Summary of life so far: ________________________
  • Summary I hope for: ________________________

Use the comments section below to note your responses to the following:

  • Explain how and why your two statements (from above) are different.
  • If you died today, how satisfied would you be of the legacy you have left?
  • What do you want to accomplish before you die?

Quiet Strength - Session 5 - 04.06.2015

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 5: WHAT IS YOUR SIGNIFICANCE?
APRIL 6, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

Scripture Passage

Matthew 16:26 (NLT)
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

"Live It"

  • Read the “Live It” section on pages 56-58 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • An excerpt:
    We all want significance. The truth is that it doesn't take much effort at all to have a profound impact on life. A small careless word from a father can shake a child to the core. An insignificant act of kindness toward a coworker can change his or her outlook on the day - and even give him or her the confidence needed for joy and success. Your interactions with your coworkers, your family, and your friends may seem mundane. But your words can give confidence, hope, joy, peace, and can even point the way to salvation in Christ Jesus.

Discuss

Join in the discussion by using the comments section below to post your responses to the questions on Page 57 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study:

  • How have small words you've spoken or small actions you've done had a large impact on those you love?
  • How can you make an impact for God's Kingdom today?

Quiet Strength Reading

Read the following chapters in Quiet Strength:

  • Chapter 13: Tampa 2 and Open Hearts (page 169)
  • Chapter 14: Walking the Plank (page 183)
  • Chapter 15: A Soft Landing (page 197)
  • Chapter 16: A Birthday Blessing (page 215)
  • Chapter 17: Death by Inches (page 231)

 

Quiet Strength - Session 5 - 03.23.15

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 5: WHAT IS YOUR SIGNIFICANCE?
MARCH 23, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

"Study It"

  • Read the “Study It” section on pages 53-56 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • An excerpt:
    If you hope to be effective at all, you had better make the most of what God has put before you right now. The wonderfully liberating truth is that you can live significantly today - no matter where you are what or what you are doing.
  • Read Mark 10:17-31
  • Then work through the following exercises, and share your responses in the comments section below:
    • In verse 19, Jesus lists six of the Ten Commandments. What do the commandments He listed have in common, and why do you think Jesus chose these commandments?
    • What is the "one thing" that the rich young man lacked (verse 21)? Why do you suppose this was a problem for that man?
    • What does the rich young man's response in verse 22 have to do with significance?
    • What do you think this account reveals about what God values? What does verse 31 say about significance?

Self Examination

  • If Jesus were to tell you that you "lacked one thing," what would it be?
  • Spend a few moments asking God to show you, then fill in the sentence below. When you're done, share what you discovered below as a comment.
    ________________ (your name) you lack only one thing: go and ________________________________ (what God is calling you away from). Then come follow me.

Discuss

Join in the discussion by using the comments section below to post your responses to the questions on Page 56 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study:

  • What is getting in your way of living a truly significant life where you are at right now?
  • How would your life be different if you did exactly what you wrote in the blanks above?
  • What does the significance look like in your life?

Quiet Strength - Session 5 - 03.16.15

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 5: WHAT IS YOUR SIGNIFICANCE?
MARCH 16, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

Scripture Passage

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

"Think About It"

  • Read “Think About It” on page 49 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study

Self Examination

Try this exercise to help you start thinking about what really matters. Use the space below to fill out your to do list for the day (or for the next day today is nearly over). Just write down everything you plan or need to accomplish today. Put an "A" next of every item that is a top priority for the day, a "B" next to each item that is somewhat important, and a "C" next to the items that aren't at all pressing.

Now underline all of the items on your list that will impact your life one month from now. Circle each item that you think will be important to you five years from now. Put a star next to each item that you think will be significant in your life as you look back to today 10 years from now.

Discuss

Join in the discussion by using the comments section below to post your responses to the related questions on Page 51 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study:

  • What insights did you have during this exercise?
  • What are the most important things in your life right now?
  • How do your daily tasks lead you to or away from focusing on those things?
  • How do you think your priorities might change in the next 10 years?

 

QUIET STRENGTH - SESSION 4 - 03.14.15

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 4: WHAT IS YOUR SECURITY?
MARCH 14, 2015

SESSION 4 APPLICATION

Commit To It

Read Psalm 121 every day until your next meeting. Try to memorize it before your next meeting. Personalize the Psalm by substituting your name for "you" and "Israel" as you read.

Psalm 121
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

1 I look up to the mountains—
    does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth!
3 He will not let you stumble;
    the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
    never slumbers or sleeps.
5 The Lord himself watches over you!
    The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon at night.
7 The Lord keeps you from all harm
    and watches over your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
    both now and forever.

Quiet Strength - Session 4 - 03.01.15

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 4: WHAT IS YOUR SECURITY?
MARCH 1, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

Scripture Passage

Romans 8:28 (NLT)
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Quiet Strength Reading

  • Read Chapter Eighteen: An Unforgettable Season in Quiet Strength
  • Highlight statements or sections that give encouragement for facing difficult times.

Coach Dungy Quotes From Quiet Strength Chapter Eighteen: An Unforgettable Season

Higher priorities, such as spending time with God and family, must not be afterthoughts jammed into your schedule. But doing so requires faith - faith in your preparation, faith in your outcome, and for me, faith that God is watching over me, even when I can't understand His plan.

I will bless the Lord, and praise for Him will always be in my mouth. I explained that those words were taken from Psalm 34, which David wrote. David didn't write that at a time of triumph. He wrote it when he was on the run from Saul, fleeing for his life in desperation. Even so, he was able to say that he would constantly praise God and bless Him. That's not easy to do. In fact, it's difficult at times. The only way we can praise God at all times is to remember that God can provide joy in the midst of a sad occasion. Our challenge today is to find that joy.

Times will get tough. God doesn't promise that once we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior we'll be protected from harm and pain and stress. But He does promise that He'll be there to lean on during those times.

Why do bad things happen? I don't know. But I do know that God has the answers, I know He loves me, and I know He has a plan - whether it makes sense to me or not. Rather than asking why, I'm asking what. What can I learn from this? What can I do for God's glory and to help others?

Connect / Share

As you reflect and consider your security, use the comments section below to share your thoughts on Quiet Strength Chapter Eighteen: An Unforgettable Season, or from one of Coach Dungy's quotes above, or how the Lord has been speaking to you as you spend time in His Word and in prayer. You can share a question, a comment, an encouragement, or a prayer request.

Be In Touch

Check in with your Accountability Partner this week. Be sure to ask him how his study is progressing for this session, and for any items that you can be in prayer for him.

Quiet Strength - Session 4 - 02.22.2015

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 4: WHAT IS YOUR SECURITY?
FEBRUARY 22, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

"Study It"

  • Read "Study It" on pages 45 - 46 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • As you read the following Scripture Passages, use the comments section below to record what truth each passage gives you that you can focus on when life doesn't seem secure. Make sure to discuss the proof the passages give that God is a sure foundation for our lives.

Scripture Passages

Psalm 91:1-6 (NLT)
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

Hebrews 13:5-6 (NLT)
5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you.
    I will never abandon you.”
6 So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper,
    so I will have no fear.
    What can mere people do to me?”

Titus 3:4-7 (NLT)
4 But—
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.

Discuss

Use the comments section below to note (discuss) your responses to the following questions:

  • How have you seen God's faithfulness in the midst of difficult circumstances in your life?
  • In your most honest assessment, how reliant on God are your for your foundation and security?
  • What things in life do you rely on more than you should?

Be In Touch

Give your Accountability Partner a call, email him, or send him a text this week. Check-in with him and ask how his study preparation is going, and ask what you can be in prayer for him.

Quiet Strength - Session 4 - 02.15.15

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 4: WHAT IS YOUR SECURITY?
FEBRUARY 15, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

Scripture Passage

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
~ Romans 8:28 (NLT)

"Think About It"

  • Read “Think About It” on pages 41 -43 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • Complete the "Foundational Areas House of Cards" exercise on page 42 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • Join in the discussion by using the comments section below to post your responses to the related questions on Page 43 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study:
    • What four foundations did you list?
    • What would happen if any of these foundations collapsed?
    • On a scale of 1-5 where 1 is "no worries" and 5 is "completely freaked out," how would you rate you current sense of security in each of those areas? Explain.

Be In Touch

Even though we are beginning our study in Session 4, it's important to make sure that we are applying what we have already learned. Complete a quick check-in with your Accountability Partner this week regarding the commitments made at the end of Session 3.

Quiet Strength - Session 3 - 02.08.15

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 3: WHAT IS SUCCESS?
FEBRUARY 8, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

Devotion
Here is a fantastic Daily Devotion from Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah that is so applicable at this point in our study:

God-Ordained Success 

I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 
John 17:4

“Success,” said General George S. Patton, “is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” That’s not a bad definition, but here’s a better one: Success is faithfully tackling and accomplishing the work God gives us day by day. In biblical terms, success has nothing to do with wealth, position, power, respect, or awards. God promises to grant us success in life, but He views success as finishing the work He has assigned us. Colossians 4:17 says, “Say to Archippus, ‘Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.’”

The Bible tells us to persevere in obedience, “Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you … that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book … meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:7-8, NIV).

Don’t worry about failure; just be faithful in your Christian walk and work. That’s SUCCESS in capital letters.

In God’s will there is no failure; out of His will there is no success.
Anonymous 

Quiet Strength Reading

  • Read Chapter Ten: Filling the Corners in Quiet Strength
  • Read Chapter Eleven: Defining Success in Quiet Strength
  • Read Chapter Twelve: Hurricanes and Tornadoes in Quiet Strength

Contribute and Encourage
Share something that the Lord has shared with you - direction, confirmation, conviction - regarding success as a comment below that He may use as an encouragement to one of your brothers in Christ.

Be In Touch
Pray for your Accountability Partner, especially for his faith in his Christian walk and work. Be sure to remind one another about the Impact Men's Bible Study and Breakfast this Saturday.

Quiet Strength - Session 3 - 02.01.15

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 3: WHAT IS SUCCESS?
FEBRUARY 1, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

"Live It"

Read "Live It" on pages 37 - 39 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
Complete the personal evaluation on page 38

Use the Comments Section below to discuss the following:

  • As you look at this list, what seems to be working? What needs attention?
  • How does your life need to change to find success as you've defined it?
  • What are the first steps you'll take to begin implementing that change?

Scripture Passage

Proverbs 27:17 (ESV)
Iron sharpens iron,
    and one man sharpens another.

This is why we ask you to join in and participate in this online preparation and discussion. Most of the work of God is accomplished through people who are honest with one another, committed to serve one another, and willing to receive wise counsel from one another. 

Be in Touch

Choose one of the areas listed on page 38 that needs to see change. Explain to your Accountability Partner what you need from God. Then pray together for God's help.

Quiet Strength - Session 3 - 01.25.15

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 3: WHAT IS SUCCESS?
JANUARY 25, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

"Study It"

  • Finish reading "Study It" on pages 35 - 37 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • Read Acts 7:54-60

Scripture Passage

Acts 7:54-60 (NLT)

54 The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”

57 Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him 58 and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.

"Study It" (Continued)

Use the comments section below to share your thoughts on the following:

  • Is is possible that Stephen's story shows us that real and lasting success is found first in loving God and then in obeying Him?
  • My guiding definition of success is....

In addition, respond to these questions in the comments section below:

  • Do you think Stephen was a success? Why or why not?
  • Stephen's experience emphasizes loving God and then obeying God as the ultimate success. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  • If loving and obeying God are key components of success, how would you say you are doing?

Be In Touch

Give your Accountability Partner a call to ask what you can pray for. Also, pray for one another - that we each would have success as laborers, and not merely attenders, of Impact Church.

Quiet Strength - Session 3 - 01.18.15

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 3: WHAT IS SUCCESS?
JANUARY 18, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

"Study It"

  • Read "Study It" on pages 33 - 35 (stop at "In Acts 7...") of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • Answer the following questions about each Scripture passage below. In addition, share your thoughts and answers below in the comments section:
    • What does this passage say about success?
    • How is that similar to or different form how most people look at success?

Scripture Passages

Psalm 1:1-3 (NLT)
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do.

1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT)
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Micah 6:6-8 (NLT)
6 What can we bring to the Lord?
    Should we bring him burnt offerings?
Should we bow before God Most High
    with offerings of yearling calves?
7 Should we offer him thousands of rams
    and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Should we sacrifice our firstborn children
    to pay for our sins?
8 No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
    and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Matthew 22:34-40 (NLT)
The Most Important Commandment
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

"Study It" (Continued)

Use the comments section below to discuss the following:

  • What surprises or insights did you have as you looked at these passages?
  • How is God's definition of success different from how most people define it?

Be In Touch

Be sure to check in with your Accountability Partner this week. Pray for one another, and especially for each other's success!

Quiet Strength - Session 3 - 01.11.15

QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 3: WHAT IS SUCCESS?
JANUARY 11, 2015

THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION

"Think About It"

  • Read “Think About It” on pages 29 - 31 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • Complete the "Accomplishments List" exercise on page 30 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • Share (as a comment below) an accomplishment in your life that you are proud of, and explain why you are proud of that accomplishment.
  • Join in the discussion by using the comments section below to post your responses to one, or more, of the questions from page 31:
    • Do you agree with Coach Dungy's definition of success? Why or why not?
    • Would you say your greatest accomplishment in life thus far is a success according to Coach Dungy's definition? Explain.
    • What is a significant failure you've had?
    • How does Coach Dungy's definition of success apply to that failure?

Scripture Passage

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
Joshua 1:8 (NLT)

Be In Touch

As we begin our study through Session 3 it's important to make sure that we are applying what we have already learned. Complete a quick check-in with your Accountability Partner this week regarding the commitments made at the end of Session 2.

Quiet Strength - Session 2 - 12.28.14

Quiet Strength: Men’s Bible Study Session 2: What Is Your Game Plan? December 28, 2014

This Week's Study and Preparation

Scripture Passages
Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.
Matthew 20:26-27 (NLT)

Commit your actions to the Lord,
and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)

Quiet Strength Reading

  • Read Chapter Six: Learning to Lead in Quiet Strength
  • Coach Dungy stated that loyalty and relationships are important, and that "certain bridges are not worth crossing." Do you have a similar experience to share? If so, please do so below as a comment.
  • Read Chapter Seven: An Unlikely Opening in Quiet Strength
  • Coach Dungy learned, and shared, three key truths from Nehemiah. How have you applied these to your life? Or, how will you apply them going forward? Please share as a comment below.

Be In Touch
Check in with your Accountability Partner by email, text message, or phone call - or all three. Be sure to pray for him, and especially that 2015 would be a powerful year growing as a genuine man of God.

Quiet Strength - Session 2 - 12.21.14

Quiet Strength: Men’s Bible Study Session 2: What Is Strength?
December 21, 2014

This Week's Study and Preparation

"Study It"

  • Read “Study It” on pages 25 – 26 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • Read Nehemiah 1

Scripture Passage

Nehemiah 1:1-11 (NLT) 1 These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah.

Nehemiah’s Concern for Jerusalem
In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was at the fortress of Susa. 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem. 3 They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” 4 When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. 5 Then I said, “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, 6 listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! 7 We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses. 8 “Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. 9 But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth, I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’ 10 “The people you rescued by your great power and strong hand are your servants. 11 O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.” In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.

"Study It" (Continued)
Discuss the following questions by posting a comment below, or replying to another comment.

  • What are some of the ways Nehemiah exhibited strength in this passage?
  • Nehemiah started his work with prayer. Tell about a time when God gave you strength to do something you had to do.
  • Read Nehemiah 2:1-10

Scripture Passage

Nehemiah 2:1-10 (NLT) Nehemiah Goes to Jerusalem 1 Early the following spring, in the month of Nisan, during the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was serving the king his wine. I had never before appeared sad in his presence. 2 So the king asked me, “Why are you looking so sad? You don’t look sick to me. You must be deeply troubled.” Then I was terrified, 3 but I replied, “Long live the king! How can I not be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” 4 The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven, 5 I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.” 6 The king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked, “How long will you be gone? When will you return?” After I told him how long I would be gone, the king agreed to my request. 7 I also said to the king, “If it please the king, let me have letters addressed to the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River, instructing them to let me travel safely through their territories on my way to Judah. 8 And please give me a letter addressed to Asaph, the manager of the king’s forest, instructing him to give me timber. I will need it to make beams for the gates of the Temple fortress, for the city walls, and for a house for myself.” And the king granted these requests, because the gracious hand of God was on me. 9 When I came to the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River, I delivered the king’s letters to them. The king, I should add, had sent along army officers and horsemen to protect me. 10 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of my arrival, they were very displeased that someone had come to help the people of Israel.

"Study It" (Continued)
Discuss the following questions by posting a comment below, or replying to another comment.

  • Why do you think Nehemiah was afraid when King Artaxerxes asked hm why he looked sad?
  • How did Nehemiah exhibit strength in this passage?
  • Read Nehemiah 2:11-20

Scripture Passage

Nehemiah 2:11-20 (NLT) Nehemiah Inspects Jerusalem’s Wall 11 So I arrived in Jerusalem. Three days later, 12 I slipped out during the night, taking only a few others with me. I had not told anyone about the plans God had put in my heart for Jerusalem. We took no pack animals with us except the donkey I was riding. 13 After dark I went out through the Valley Gate, past the Jackal’s Well, and over to the Dung Gate to inspect the broken walls and burned gates. 14 Then I went to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but my donkey couldn’t get through the rubble. 15 So, though it was still dark, I went up the Kidron Valley instead, inspecting the wall before I turned back and entered again at the Valley Gate. 16 The city officials did not know I had been out there or what I was doing, for I had not yet said anything to anyone about my plans. I had not yet spoken to the Jewish leaders—the priests, the nobles, the officials, or anyone else in the administration. 17 But now I said to them, “You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!” 18 Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king. They replied at once, “Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!” So they began the good work. 19 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. “What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” they asked. 20 I replied, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”

"Study It" (Continued)
Discuss the following questions by posting a comment below, or replying to another comment.

  • How did Nehemiah exhibit strength in this passage?
  • What parts did both God and Nehemiah play in the rebuilding of the wall?
  • How would this account be different for Nehemiah if he didn't act in the strength God gave him? How would it be different for the Israelites?
  • What situation are you facing that requires you to be strong in faith and action?
  • How can the insights you've gained from Nehemiah's story help you as you face that situation?

Be In Touch
Remember to contact your Accountability Partner at least once this week. Be sure to encourage each other in the Quiet Strength study, and be in prayer for each other's needs and requests.

Quiet Strength - Session 2 - 12.14.14

Quiet Strength: Men’s Bible StudySession 2: What Is Strength? December 14, 2014

This Week's Study and Preparation

"Think About It"

  • Read “Think About It” on pages 21 - 23 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • Complete the “strong men or women” exercise on page 22 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • Use the comments section below to post your responses to one, or more, of the following statements and questions:
    • Share a story about one of the people you listed that demonstrates that person's strength.
    • Who are some historical figures or celebrities you would consider to be strong? What makes each of them strong?
    • How does society define strength?
    • How do you define strength?
    • Under which definition do the people on your list fall? What about the historical figures or celebrities?
    • What are some common myths or misperceptions about strength?


Scripture Passage
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?
Matthew 16:26 (NLT)

Quiet Strength Reading

  • Read Chapter Four: Putting God First in Quiet Strength
  • Has there been a time in your life where where something, or someone, other than God occupied first place in your life? Share (below as a comment) your experience through this situation - realization, conviction, change, etc.
  • Read Chapter Five: Leading to Lauren in Quiet Strength
  • Do you have a humorous honeymoon or marriage story to share? Use the comments section below to do so (being sure not to embarrass your wife).

Be In Touch
It's not always easy or convenient to build a new relationship. Take a chance and give your Accountability Partner a call this week, even if you don't know them well or at all. Your conversation may be an encouragement for both of you.

Quiet Strength - Session 1 - 12.07.14

Quiet Strength: Men's Bible StudySession 1: What Is Your Game Plan? December 7, 2014

This Week's Study and Preparation

"Talk About It"

  • Read Proverbs 16:3 and 16:9
  • Post a comment below to answer and discuss: "How have you seen God's hand in bringing you to where you are today?"


Scripture Passage

Proverbs 16:3, 9 (NLT) 3 Commit your actions to the Lord,
and your plans will succeed.
9 We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps.

"Live It"

  • Read Ephesians 2:10
  • Post a comment below to answer and discuss: "What do you think God wants you to do today? This month? This coming year?"


Scripture Passage

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Be Prepared
We will meet this Saturday (December 13th) to study Session 1 together. Spend some time this week completing the preparation items from all 4 weeks, or review them if you are current with your studies.

Be In Touch
Accountability Partners should check-in with one another this week. Be sure to be praying for one another's needs and ask your AP if he is prepared for Saturday.

Quiet Strength - Session 1 - 11.30.14

Quiet Strength: Men’s Bible StudySession 1: What Is Your Game Plan? November 30, 2014

This Week's Study and Preparation

Scripture Passage
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT)

Quiet Strength Reading

  • Read Chapter Two: Growing Up A Dungy in Quiet Strength
  • Share (below as a comment) an example on the faith that your parents imparted upon you day after day. Or, share how you impart faith upon your family members.
  • Read Chapter Three: A Black Quarterback in Quiet Strength
  • Was there a time in your life that something seemed so clearly destined to be, and then you learned that the Lord had another plan. Please share your experience in the comments below.

Be In Touch
Check in with your Accountability Partner by email, text message, or phone call - or all three. Share your blessings and prayer needs with one another.

Quiet Strength – Session 1 – 11.23.14

Quiet Strength: Men’s Bible StudySession 1: What Is Your Game Plan? November 23, 2014

This Week's Study and Preparation

"Study It"

  • Read “Study It” on pages 16 – 17 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
  • Read Acts 9:1-19


Scripture Passage

Acts 9:1-19 (NLT) Saul’s Conversion
1 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. 2 He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.

3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”

5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

7 The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! 8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. 9 He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.

10 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord!” he replied.

11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”

13 “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.”

15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength.

Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem
Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days.


"Study It" (Continued)
Discuss the following questions by posting a comment below, or replying to another comment.

  • What do you think Saul was thinking and feeling when verses 5-6 and 9 took place? Explain.
  • Compare and contrast Saul’s plan in verses 1-2 with God’s plan in verses 15-16. What does your comparison suggest about how God works in our lives?
  • How has God interrupted your game plan for life? What good has come or may come from that interruption?
  • How can that knowledge help you when you encounter future interruptions?


Be In Touch
Check in with your Accountability Partner at least once this week. Take some time this week to share with one another something you are thankful for. Be sure to encourage each other in the Quiet Strength study, and be in prayer for each other's needs and requests.