Matthew 12:28-34
  1. The Apostle Paul experienced a multitude of challenges and dangers in his life (2 Corinthians 11: 23 to 29). If you are willing, share about a difficult time in your life. 
  2. The Apostle Paul had numerous relationships he drew strength from (i.e. Barnabas, Titus, Silas, Luke, Priscilla, Aquilla, Lydia, Onesiphorus, Epaphroditus, John Mark, and the Ephesian elders). Share about the relationships you draw strength from (i.e. Who I Have).
  3. The Apostle Paul highlights multiple I am (we are) statements in his writings (i.e. Galatians 4:6; Colossians 3:12; Ephesians 5:1,8). How do these identity statements impact you? Are there ways you consciously remind yourself of them? What negative I am statements do you carry with you (and may present themselves more readily under stress)? 
  4. Paul continued to use his gifts (I.e. I Can)  even when he was imprisoned. For example, he used the mind God had given him to continue to teach through his writings and he sent others on his behalf. What gifts have you continued to leverage during difficult times in your life? 
  5. Share about your experiences with each of the exercises introduced during the message (i.e. savouring the awareness of someone you love and who dearly loves you, listening to the words of I Like You As You Are, sharing about a gift or ability you have that you absolutely love using and why you love it so much). 
  6. You may wish to complete the free VIA Character Survey at and then share the outcomes with your group (estimated time for completion is 15 minutes). The top 5 outcomes (Signature Strengths) suggest the character strengths you are likely to benefit most from leveraging daily (i.e. the idea is you’re likely already applying them and now think of ways you can apply them even more).