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Anxious for Nothing

This is our small group curriculum that is designed to help us process the weekend message in anxious times. Join a group today!



About the Content

Anxiety is an immediate and global issue. For the last month the outside world has been a place of danger and insecurity. Now, we stay indoors. We all own facemasks. We no longer keep our best friends at arm’s length – we’re told that’s too dangerous! Instead, we keep the world at ‘social distance’. Our finances might be uncertain, our health may be at risk. In this storm of circumstances, anxiety seems unavoidable.

 

But God’s word tells us, “Do not be anxious for anything.” (Philippians 4:6) And Jesus himself says, “Do not worry about your life.” (Matthew 6:25) Is that even possible?

“Be anxious for nothing…” – It greets us like a command…

but a command that we’re not strong enough to obey. It seems to be a challenge we all have failed or an order that every one of us has defied! When we read verses like these, it’s easy to become defeated; after all, who doesn’t worry at one time or another??

 

Yet – and this is critically important – a more complete translation of what Jesus and Paul are saying makes clear that we’re being told to avoid an ongoing attitude of perpetual worry. Moments of worry come to every person, but a lifestyle of constant anxiety cripples our faith and steals our joy. Pastor and writer Max Lucado puts it this way: “the presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional.”

“Be anxious for nothing…” – It greets us like a command…

But a command that we’re not strong enough to obey. It seems to be a challenge we all have failed or an order that every one of us has defied! When we read verses like these, it’s easy to become defeated; after all, who doesn’t worry at one time or another??

Yet – and this is critically important – a more complete translation of what Jesus and Paul are saying makes clear that we’re being told to avoid an ongoing attitude of perpetual worry. Moments of worry come to every person, but a lifestyle of constant anxiety cripples our faith and steals our joy. Pastor and writer Max Lucado puts it this way: “the presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional.”

“Be anxious for nothing…” – It also offers us a unique opportunity…

If ever there were a time to test-drive God’s promise that a life freed from anxiety is possible, this is that time! Because we all have reason to be anxious, we can mutually support one another in strengthening our trust in God that the uncertainties of today don’t have to imprison us in a lifestyle of worry.

this study offers you a time to invite God’s peace in to the places of your anxiety.

Each week you’ll be given…

    • A Scripture to study that correlates with the weekend message. Read it over each morning, then think about it during the day. You may want to write it out on a piece of paper and place that paper where you can see it and be reminded of it.
    • Some questions for reflection (or if you’re in a group, for discussion).