He Gets Us: Week 2 Ryan Parquette – Insecurity

Church at The Springs

Mar 10, 2024

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He Gets Us

Student Ministries Pastor | Ryan Parquette

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Icebreaker:

Have you ever compared something to something else?

Do you ever compare yourself to what you see on social media?

Confidence is quiet; insecurity is loud

Reread the last sentence as a group. Take a minute to discuss how you have seen this in your life.

At The Springs, we say, “That the people who liked Jesus were nothing like Jesus.” How does that make you feel?

Luke 15:1-3

Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! So Jesus told them this story:

Where and when do spend time with people who are far from God?

Luke 15:11-13

To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living.

Reread Luke 15:11-13. How would you respond if you were the father?

1) Insecurity leads to discontentment

Go around the group and share a time you were discontent.

How can we start to have contentment in our lives?

Hebrews 13:5

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

Luke 15:14-20

About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

2. Insecurity creates difficult circumstances 

As a group, reflect back on some difficult circumstances that happened in your life. Was the circumstance the result of insecurity?

How does knowing “that pain isn’t the only option to experience God” make you feel?

Luke 15:28-30

“The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’

Both sons/brothers thought they knew better than their father. Have you ever thought that you knew better than the Father?

3. Insecurity hides behind good intentions

How do you live a life for Jesus because you have a relationship with Jesus, not trying to earn that relationship by what you do?

Luke 15:31-32

“His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”

As you close your group, start praying for those who you are going to invite to Easter as a group.

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