Wilderness of worry

intro (read aloud before the discussion)

Worry is a struggle for most of us, even in smooth times. In the midst of difficult times, worry and anxiety can seem overwhelming. We have tried everything, and still we worry. Jesus has a few thoughts about this.

SERMON DISCUSSION (Use as a guide for dialogue, let God lead, and read the verses aloud)

1.  On a scale from 1 to 10, how much would you say that you struggle with worry and anxiety? As you get older, has the struggle increased or decreased?

2. Read Matthew 6:25. In what area or relationship are you most worried about in this particular season? Why?

3. Read Matthew 6:26. Why does Jesus talk about his/our “Father” and our “value” as he addresses worry and anxiety in our lives? What’s the connection?

4. Read Matthew 6:31-32. “Worry is not the result of something out there, but the result of not trusting someone who is right here.” Talk about this idea.

5. Read Matthew 6:33. What would it look like (be specific) to seek first God’s kingdom in the area or in the relationship in which you are most worried most right now?

MINISTRY TIME (Invite the Spirit of God to come – “Come Holy Spirit”)

Focus on the goodness of your Heavenly Father. Ask the Spirit for a fresh revelation of how safe you are in God’s hands. Spend a few minutes together receiving this truth from God.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION (This is a weekly practice as we seek to become more like Jesus)

“Taking thoughts captive” has been a spiritual practice throughout the ages. As worry or anxiety takes hold of you this week, take those thoughts captive and invite the truth that God is good and that God has you in the moment. This is something we will need to do a number of times throughout the day as this practice becomes natural.

daily reading (Tune into the daily “Together On Mission” podcast here and let’s start every day with Jesus)

Matthew 6 | Psalm 1

1 Kings 17 | Psalm 2

James 1 | Psalm 3

Philippians 4 | Psalm 4

John 16 | Psalm 5

Catch up on daily reading or choose a passage, any passage and enjoy

Tune in for Week 7 – “The Wilderness of a Relational Difficulty”