October 17, 2021 – Pastor Mark Albrecht

Matthew 6:24-34; Phil. 4:6-7

Message Big Idea –  What are the things you worry about most? The future, the present, or the past? How do you handle the stress and anxiety of this current world? This week we discovered how to “unlearn” the tremendous power and pull of worry. Thankfully, this was a key theme in the teachings of Jesus and he knew we needed help placing our trust in God for our daily care.

Reflect on the following sequence of questions. If you are doing this with others, share your responses with them.

LEAN IN >> Think about it.

  • What are you grateful for this week? What are you struggling with?
  • On a scale of 1-10 how anxious of a person do you consider yourself to be? Is there a particular thing that you tend to get anxious about more than others? (finances, relationships, time, etc)

LOOK DOWN >> Read the following passages and discuss or reflect on the  the corresponding questions:

  • Read Matthew 6:24-34 (Read twice – ESV and either NLT or Message)
  • Briefly retell the passage in your own words.
  • What word or phrase “jumped off the page” and intrigued you the most?

LOOK OUT >> Connect the world of the Bible to our culture.

  • In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus gives his disciples 5 questions to ask that will help ease our anxiety: 1) Is there more to life than food and clothing? 2) Are you more valuable than birds? 3) Ultimately, what good does worrying do for you? 4) Are you more valuable than flowers? 5) Do you trust God…really?
  • Discuss each of these questions and consider how it would help ease your anxiety

LOOK IN >> Go straight to the heart of the matter.

  • When you focus on seeking God’s kingdom like this your attention inevitably moves onto God and away from your anxiety triggers. This causes you to 1) LOOK UP – to our Heavenly Father in whose image we are created; 2) LOOK OUT – to see others who are created in God’s image and consider how we can love them; 3) LOOK TO – Scripture where it revealed that we have such great immeasurable value to Jesus. Which of these is easiest for you? Most difficult?

LIVE IT OUT >> Put it into action.

  • This week, memorize Philippians 4:6-7; Reflect and respond to God’s prompting(s). Journal your thoughts. Remember the bridge to God’s peace is PRAYER!