Rise Above – Part 1 – “Worry”
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, April 19, 2020
What is worry? Where did it come from? How do we deal with it?
Life Group Study Guide – From April 19, 2020
Rise above: Worry
Come join in!
You are invited to connect virtually to Life Group Live on Wednesdays @ 7pm. Find us on YouTube or on the Brookside Facebook page. Let’s dig deeper with our online family! Bring your questions and insights!
1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. How do you think our current pandemic and housebound experience has affected people’s level of worry, anxiety, and fear? Why?
3. What would you identify as the most disruptive effect of worry?
4. Read Matthew 6:25-34. In these verses, Jesus mentions several reasons why followers of Jesus can rise above the worries and stresses they face. On Sunday we looked at a couple of them:
- Provision & protection (v.26-32; see 1 Peter 1:5; Romans 8:28) – we can trust God to provide what we need and to care for us
- Priorities & passions (v.25, 33-34) – when we align with kingdom priorities and passions, many worries for lesser things disappear
How have you found these things to be true? What are you doing today to embrace God’s perspective on these things?
5. Read Matthew 10:16-30 and Proverbs 29:25. In this very sobering passage on expectations, Jesus tells us both to be not afraid, and to fear. Do not fear others, or even circumstances, rather, fear the Lord. How does a healthy fear of the Lord reduce our fears and worries about other things?
6. For many today, a simple teaching about worry is only part of what is needed. Chemical, physiological, and psychological factors may be at play that also need to be addressed. What would you say to someone who is seriously struggling with anxiety?
If you’re meeting virtually, consider breaking into triads (gender-based huddles of at least 3) for the Stretch and Pray times… so you can talk and pray candidly.
You might want to ask for general prayer requests while still all together, and then share more personal ones in your triad.
Identify what you can do today to grow deeper in your trust and obedience to Christ during this pandemic.
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?