Anxious for Nothing - Session 1
Rejoice in the Lord Always
Reminder: Watch this video the week of May 3rd- May 9th
Honestly now...how do you greet the daily challenges, concerns and worries of your world? With rejoicing? Most of us, if we're honest, would have to say we don't. So how was the Apostle Paul able to write these words of instruction, in the midst of terrible personal circumstances in his own life?
Could it be that there is a way to face our trials and tests with rejoicing after all?
We believe this study will help you gain a deeper understanding of this concept, and help you deal with those things that make you anxious or worried; all from a biblical basis. This week, Max Lucado introduces us to Paul's writings about being "anxious for nothing".
May you find great encouragement and practical help in this session...
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
~ Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)
We sincerely believe this five-week online study will encourage you as you learn to deal with your worries, concerns and anxious moments in the light of God's Word. Let us encourage you, after watching each weeks' video teaching segment (and reading the corollary readings in the book and study guide if you've purchased those); to review the discussion questions we provide below. If you're doing this study "solo", let these prompt you in your prayer time, as you journal, or simply to ponder during your study time. If you are in a group setting for this study (face-to-face with others, or via social media or online tools); you may wish to discuss these with others in your "group".
Questions to ponder, journal, or discuss with others enjoying this study with you:
List some areas of life in which you experience anxiety or stress in day–to–day living. Do you think these areas are peculiar to our day, or have they been around forever?
Remembering that the Latin root of the word "anxiety" means "to choke or to squeeze"; how does this affect your understanding of what stress, worry and anxiety do to us–physically, emotionally and spiritually?
Max shares several passages in this week's video that remind us of God's faithful, loving support of His children (Psalm 3:3, Romans 8:28). Here are a few more you may wish to look up: Psalm 37:8, Proverbs 21:30, Jeremiah 17:7-8, Philippians 2:13. Are there other verses that come to mind that offer encouragement to you in this area of anxiety?
Read Genesis 50:20-21 from the story of Joseph and his encounter with his brothers who had sold him into slavery in Egypt. Circle the words "but God" in vs. 20. How do these two words in his situation, and in your situations, make all the difference?