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May 5: Defeating Worry (Matthew 6:25-34)

Worship Preparation - May 5 2013

Prayer and Bible Reading Guide - May 5-11 2013

 

Matthew 6:25-34 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

 

Sermon Summary

The last passage we looked at in Matthew instructed us to not store up treasures on earth, but instead to be generous with our wealth and to serve God not money. Yet if we do these things, what will happen to us? The world in which we live demands that we possess and use things. How can we survive if we walk out Jesus’ instruction? Who will care for us? Who will make sure that our needs are met? In this passage, Jesus calls us to live free from anxiety that stunts and ultimately undermines our faith in God. Jesus offers hope and freedom from the tyranny of worry. He furnishes us with arguments that will free us from paralyzing anxiety in life. Read through Jesus’ instruction in this passage and confess to him the worries that are strangling your faith (career, money, relationships, approval of others, etc.).

 

Review and Apply

  1. What are the top three worries that you face today?
  2. Describe some of the effects of your worry physically, spiritually, and relationally. How has your worry impacted you faith in God and joy in life?
  3. What does Jesus mean by the question, “Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing” (v. 25)? How does that challenge our tendency to worry?
  4. How does Jesus use creation to help us fight back against worry? Speak to your use of creation in helping you understand God’s providential care.
  5. What is your view of God as Father? How will a proper understanding of the fatherhood of God defeat worry?
  6. How does seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness free us from the anxieties of life?
  7. Explain the warning and encouragement that “tomorrow will be anxious for itself; sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”