As humans, we worry. We worry about so many things… money… life… the future. Before we know it, we’re consumed.
The truth is, we’re always going to struggle with worry as long as our focus is on the wrong thing. At the end of Matthew 6, Jesus gives us the solution by saying to us “Look up. Eyes on Me.”
Because when we’ve got our focus on God, we see there is no reason to worry. God is the One doing the providing!
Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group, or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.
- Read Matthew 6:33. What does it practically look like for you to first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness?
- Anthony recommended that we evaluate our worry. What are the things that you typically worry about? (finances, relationships, health, time, death, public speaking, work, etc.).
- “Worry is sin because it denies the wisdom of God; it says that He doesn’t know what He’s doing. It denies the love of God; it says He does not care. And it denies the power of God; it says that He isn’t able to deliver me from whatever is causing me to worry.” (MacDonald, W. 1995) Have you ever thought of worry as a sin? How does this change your view of worry?
- What would it look like for you to surrender the areas (that cause worry) over to the Lord and pray, “not my will, but yours be done!” How can you increase your faith so much that it simply eliminates worry?
- God is the only one who sees the beginning from the end. We can’t see the completed puzzle, only the pieces. Do we truly trust the character of God to work all things out according to His plan? Do we trust that His plan is better than our own?
- Read Philippians 4:6–7. Peace does not come before exercising faith but after. Can you think of a time when this was true in your life?
- Read Isaiah 53:10. Anthony mentioned how it pleased God to bruise His own Son because He knew that it meant salvation for us. Have you ever been “bruised” or had a painful circumstance that ultimately led to good for you or for others? Share with your group how you persisted through this time and the fruit that resulted.
- Where are you reading in the Bible this week? What has God been revealing to you through your quiet time with Him?
- Discuss any struggles you may be going through with your group.
- How can you be praying for your group this week? How can they be praying for you?
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