Sermon Study Notes: Joy in Dependence

We invite you to go deeper in your personal reflection and response to this week's sermon through these study notes and application questions. Take some time this week to read the sermon texts in their full context and study out on your own what we have been learning together at gathering.

If you have not had a chance to listen to the sermon, or if you need help as you work through the study this week, you can listen to the sermon here: Joy in Dependence

Sermon Text:

  • Philippians 4:1-9

Additional Readings: 

  • Luke 18:1-8

  • Psalm 46

Application Questions: 

  • What are the habits of a christian whose life is dependent on God? What does their life look like? (Look to Philippians 4:1-9) 

  • Prayer is the primary dependent act of the christian How is your prayer life reflecting your dependence or lack of true dependence on God this year?

  • Anxiety is often rooted in our hearts because we feel that we need to understand our future, when in reality we really just need to trust in God. Understanding this truth, how will you fight anxiety the next time it comes up in your life?

  • On Sunday Pastor Kort shared how the meditations of our minds will always fuel the longings of our hearts. With this in mind, how will you make an effort to meditate on the gospel each day, instead of letting the things around you dictate your daily meditations?


In our natural state we dislike dealing with God alone. Through our natural alienation from God we shrink from Him, and from eternal realities. This cleaves to us more or less, even after our regeneration. Hence it is, that more or less, even as believers, we have the same shrinking from standing with God alone,–from depending upon Him alone,–from looking to Him alone:–and yet this is the very position in which we ought to be, if we wish our faith to be strengthened. The more I am in a position to be tried in faith with reference to my body, my family, my service for the Lord, my business, etc., the more shall I have opportunity of seeing God’s help and deliverance. – George Mueller

The meditations of your mind will always fuel the longings of your heart. - Kort Marley

Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith a part of your growth in Him.

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