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Worried about tomorrow

May 15, 2011 Speaker: Scott C. Jones Series: Freakin Out - Worry, Fear, Anxiety

Topic: Topical Scripture: Matthew 6:25–6:34

Introduction

     Freakin’ Out about Tomorrow

 

The Soothing Commands of Jesus (Matthew 6:25-34)

     The Source of our Worries (v. 25)

 

  • Worry about food/drink

 

  • Worry about clothing

 

Heavenly Father — The God of our Worries (v. 26-30)

  • The False Promises of Worry

 

  • The Great Mechanic, Our Father

 

Seek First the Kingdom of God (v. 31-34)

  • Daily Bread, Sufficient Grace

 

In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:11

  • Doubling Trouble
  • O you of little faith?

 

Peter and Worrying about Wind

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Romans 8:32

 

Community Meditation

  • What are the things that cause you the most future-related stress? Work? School? Family? World Affairs? Politics? Finances? Relationships? What scenarios do you find yourself playing out in your mind?
  • Discuss the following quote from Ed Welch’s book Running Scared: “To thwart [our] tendency toward independence, God only gives us what we need when we need it...he wants us to trust him in the future rather than our self-protective plans (77).”   
  • Read Matthew 6:24-34 again. Which of the reasons Jesus gives us not to worry is most compelling to you personally?
  • Read Romans 8:32. How does the cross inform our understanding of who God is? Discuss the Great Mechanic metaphor given in the sermon.
  • Confess those areas of your life where you are most prone not to seek first God’s Kingdom. What would it look like for you to begin “bowing the knee” in that area this week?

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