This week we continue in our series with Clay Scroggins called “Fight For It”. We will all face setbacks in life. This is something that’s out of our control. But we can build resilience through the small trials, which will give us what we need when the bigger trials come.

Everyone faces rejection. How we handle that rejection can either cripple us or force us to become more resilient. In a critical moment during Jesus’ ministry, his Heavenly father reminded him of something that can help all of us walk through seasons where we feel rejection.

Start Talking

  • Often, when we hear “rejection” it can take us back to middle school. Do you have any stories of rejection from middle school that are entertaining now?
  • Tell us about a time that the fear of rejection prevented you from doing something you wanted to do.
  • Have you ever really experienced rejection? Here are some examples.
    • Broken up with in a relationship
    • Child walks away
    • Fired from a job
    • Unfollowed by a friend on social media
    • You don’t get invited to the thing everyone else is at
    • Don’t get the job you tried to get

Think About It

  • Clay said that “bouncing back from rejection is resilience.” How would growing in this area help your life?
  • What are some things about our culture that make it easy for someone to feel rejected?

Look It Up

  • Read Isaiah 53: 1–4
    • Where many believe this is a prophecy about what Jesus would experience? 
    • What are some ways you can relate to the words describing Jesus’ rejection?
  • Read Matthew 3:13–17, where we read about Jesus being baptized
    • What stands out to you about this passage? 
    • Why do you think John tried to deter Jesus from being baptized?
    • In verse 17 God tells Jesus he loves him and he is pleased with him. Why do you think both of these words were used instead of just one of them? 
    • How can knowing that God loves us and is pleased with us help us be more resilient in times of rejection?
  • In what area of your life do you feel the most rejection?
  • Is there something in this conversation that can help you become more resilient regarding that rejection?

What Now?

  • Refuse to let others rejection of you eclipse what God’s acceptance says about you. As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house—1 Peter 2:4–5
  • For you, what would change if you actually believed that you were accepted by God?

Additional Resources

You Say by Lauren Daigle (Song)
You Are the Beloved Devotional by Henri Nouwen (Book)