Courage is the ability to move forward in the face of adversity, even when it requires moving toward our fears. In this episode, Marie & Greg Seltz talk about how courage requires love, and love requires an outward focus. Selfishness smothers that courage and allows fear to bind us. Only when we put our faith in God and allow Him to guide our actions, can we break free from fear. Christ is our example: He courageously took on the yoke of our sins so that we have the strength to be courageous for others. If we’ve lost our courage as an individual or as a society, how do we take off this spirit of fear and selfishness?
Points to Consider:
- Courage today looks very different than in the past. Why is that?
- In the movie Hacksaw Ridge, the main character, a Seventh Day Adventist, served others in battle as a medic while upholding his commitment to his faith and the commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”
- What are the consequences of our selfishness?
- Selfless people can be more courageous
- Are you connected to your life’s purpose as a Christian?
- When facing difficult circumstances, we often have a fight or flight reflex. It takes intention and a habit of selflessness to face adversity with courage.
- Why does our culture value celebrity more highly than courage?
- Courage is about who you are…not who they are.
- What does it look like to be courageous in marriage, family, or work?
- How and when did things change in our society and our learning system? How have "Participation Awards," instead of recognizing a student's talents and abilities, affected the spirit of courage?
- Have you been inspired by the courage of others? How might God use your courage to inspire others?
- Fearlessness comes out of our relationship with God. When we're rooted in that, we can find the strength to be courageous.
- The Love of God is sufficient; How does that affect our attitude toward and response to adversity? (Romans 8)