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Overcoming Anxiety & Worry

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Each of the four sessions contains a small group video led by Pastor Allen Jackson and the discussion guide for your group.

Ice Breaker

  • Take a moment and share where you grew up. Was there a person in your life who made a spiritual impact on you?

 

We live in a rapidly changing world, one that has great potential to create anxiety and worry. Whether you are a new believer or spiritual veteran, the pressures presented in this season are unprecedented. Let’s take the next 4 weeks and discover how to live “unshakeable” in a shaking world ….learning to live free from anxiety.

 

Our culture is inundated with demonic activity, immorality, truth in decline, and blatant ungodliness. Some have declared we live in a post Christian era. Let’s anticipate and intentionally choose God in such a way that, in the season ahead, the Church will have increased influence for the kingdom and that we will see a reversal in the moral decline that we have seen rapidly increase and that Jesus will be exalted.

 

 

Luke 21:26 (NKJV®)
26  men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.

 

  1. What was Jesus’ objective in giving the above information to His disciples?

 

  1. Have you seen a shaking in our culture in the past 5 to 10 years? Discuss.

 

 

 

John 14:27 (NASB®)
27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

 

  1. What did Jesus promise the disciples and us?

 

  1. What did He say about our heart condition?

 

 

  1. Did this promise of peace mean a life absent of conflict?

 

  1. We are experiencing a culture war. What are some issues that are troubling hearts and causing fear?

 

  1. Discuss a Jesus story where He brought peace to His friends.

 

  1. Can you recall a time when He gave you peace in the midst of conflict or threat?

 

 

 

1 Peter 5:6-9 (NIV®)
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

 

 

  1. What was Peter’s maintenance plan? Discuss the instructions below that help keep us free from anxiety. Choose one or two and explain how you have learned to grow in these areas.

 

  • Be self-controlled
  • Live with the awareness that we have an enemy
  • Resist—standing firm in the faith
  • Allow no self-pity; understand that my suffering is not unique

 

 

  1. Let’s do what Pastor Allen mentioned in the video. Take a piece of paper, write down three things you are currently worried about. Keep the list to yourself, pray as a group and give these concerns to God. Now tear the paper up and trash it!

 

 

 

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for caring for me. Open the eyes of my heart to your great provision. Holy Spirit, teach me to trust and not be afraid. I choose to lay aside worry and anxiety. I choose to lift my heart and voice in thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God—my creator, my redeemer, my deliverer, my sustainer. I can do all things through Christ Jesus my Lord. Amen.

Ice Breaker

  • What is your religious background? How is it different or similar to your current experience?

 

Knowing what to look for and what to expect helps us to be prepared and to engage more effectively. It also helps to remove anxiety and worry when we sense things changing around us. In 2 Timothy, Paul is writing to his protégé from a Roman prison to try to prepare Timothy for what is next.

 

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV)
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
2  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4  treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– 5  having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

 

  1. Before Jesus comes back there will be a season of intensity. What does scripture say about the changes coming to human character?

 

Matthew 24:8-13 (NIV)
8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. 9 Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

 

The beginning statement of a very serious warning says it will be like “birth pains”.

 

  1. Seeing these changes point to a victory coming. Discuss how this information defuses worry and creates a sense of excitement and anticipation, especially when you are investing in the kingdom of God.

 

  1. What are the warnings of the coming days?

 

  1. Who are the ones that are secure?

 

 

  1. Discuss the anticipation of a healthy birth and delivery. How does this relate to the above scripture?

 

  1. What is the ultimate sign before Jesus’ return?

 

 

 

Matthew 13:24-30 (NKJV)

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

 

  1. What will the climatic conditions allow in the days ahead?

 

  1. Can we agree that God placed us here at this time in history to make a difference for the kingdom? What one thing can you change next week that would help create momentum in participation in being a light to those in your influence?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, you are the author of life and the sustainer of all things. Your light illumines our path and dispels the darkness before us. Awaken your people in this generation. Confirm your Word in our midst with great demonstrations of your power. May our hearts be turned to you in humility and great reverence. Open doors of opportunity before us and grant us the wisdom, boldness and courage to move through them. Comfort your people. Strengthen the weary, deliver the oppressed and lead us forward. May the name of Jesus be exalted through the whole earth, amen.

Ice Breaker

  • In a sentence tell the group what you are most thankful for.

 

The signs of hope direct us to anticipate the return of the King. Seeing these signs and knowing where we are on the journey changes everything.

 

Let’s look at 3 things in which we need to be prepared.

 

  • Be prepared for His arrival
  1. When did you make Jesus Lord of your life? Who prayed with you to receive? Name one aspect of your life that is most changed by your decision.

 

  • Guard your heart – this is your soul—mind, will & emotions

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV®)

23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

 

  1. We have to be intentional in making sure we do not give ourselves over to our emotions. How have you learned self-control? What has been a challenge, and what has been a victory?

 

1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (NIV®)
1 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

 

The cross was the ultimate victory. When we get into the conflict within us we have to know there is a power to help us. The reason it is the center of our story is because satan was totally, irreversibly and eternally defeated. It is vital that we never lose sight of the victory of the cross. Our security is grounded in the power of the cross.

 

  1. Paul simplified his message to the Corinthian church…what was it?
  2. Discuss a few of the trials you know Paul endured for the sake of spreading the message of Jesus.
  3. How do we apply the same principle to our lives?

 

  • Know what is ahead

Anticipating what is coming, “Jesus return” is makes the trauma of the season worthwhile.

 

Revelation 1:10-18 (NIV®)
10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me.    . . . .   And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

 

  1. What was John’s response to seeing Jesus?
  2. What did the Lord tell His friend?
  3. Discuss the significance of Jesus statements to John and the significance of His instructions to John. How would this knowledge prepare you to overcome?

 

Our Responses:

  • Look for God’s involvement —this will take vigilance on our part. Look for people, circumstances and opportunities that have a God component.
  1. Where do you see God at work today?

 

  • Attach value to Godly things —tools for His purposes, people with Godly character and leaders that the Lord raises up.
  1. Who or what do you value because of the God momentum they bring to your life?
  2. What opportunities do you value because of the same encouragement?

 

  • Practice gratitude
  1. Let’s make a commitment as a group this week to not grumble but to find ways to turn it into thankfulness. Pray for one another.

Prayer

I rejoice in the majesty of my God. Your strength is on display in all the earth. Today I offer myself as a living sacrifice for Your purposes. May the thoughts of my heart and words of my mouth be pleasing in Your sight. Let righteousness break forth in this generation. May humility and the fear of the Lord fill the hearts of Your people. Let the name of Jesus be lifted up before all the nations, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Ice Breaker

  • What is one idea or truth that you have taken away from this study that has been beneficial?

 

The goal of our faith is to do the will of God in the earth in the season God has placed us. Let’s take this session to investigate what God expects of us in this season. The following ideas are important for all of us who anticipate the return of Jesus.

 

Ambassadors—representing for Jesus

2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV®)
20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

 

  1. The job we have been assigned is ambassador. What does this mean to you? Who in your life did this so well that it made you want to be a better representative?

 

Encouragers

Hebrews 3:13 (NIV®)
13  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

 

  1. Why do we need daily encouragement? Who does this well for you? Who can you encourage this week?

 

  1. Do you feel confident in finding the best in your friends and family and then sharing it with them? If yes then do you express to it them. If no what is a way you can change?

 

Buy the truth —accumulate truth

Proverbs 23:23 (NIV®)
23 Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.

 

  1. This scripture is describing a transaction….that truth is more valuable than what you currently have. How do you gain a God perspective/truth?

 

  1. What has gaining truth cost you?

 

 

 

Stand firm —not double minded, not looking back & longing for something else,

 

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV®)
58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 

  1. What is the instruction? Why is it difficult to follow? What is the understanding we need to gain to enable us to stand?

 

 

Overcomers

Romans 12:21 (NIV®)
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

  1. What is the invitation presented?

 

  1. Discuss a time you have been given the strength to overcome? What were some of the choices you made to not quit? How did you see God’s involvement?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father I choose life today. I choose to serve God Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth. I believe Jesus of Nazareth is your son and I choose him as Lord of all that I am. I choose God’s will for my life. Grant me the wisdom to follow, the humility to yield and the strength to endure. May the fear of the Lord flourish in my heart, in Jesus’ name AMEN.

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