The Point: God is able to provide all I need.
- Get Into the Study
- Study the Bible
- Additional Questions
- Member Extra
- Tips for Leading Bible Study Groups
Get Into the Study
Read or summarize the following material as a supplemental introduction to Session 4.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) released statistics this year sharing that 40 million adults in America (that’s 18 percent of the population) have anxiety disorders, and only a third of those people are receiving treatment. To put it lightly, we are an anxious people.
Anxiety can come on situationally, or it can be a constant struggle. While some anxiety is chemically induced, there are many other moments when it’s simply a matter of being overcome with our own worries. (Note: this is separate from diagnosed anxiety disorders.) When we’re faced with situational anxiety, fear becomes the controlling factor of our lives.
In these times, the most helpful thing we can do is to ask God what the real fear is we’re dealing with. For example, we might feel afraid of losing our job, but in truth, we’re afraid of losing control of our future circumstances. Or, if we’re overly worried that someone is angry or upset with us in a way that’s out of our control, it might be that we’re putting too much importance on being liked by everyone. These are issues we are free to bring to our Lord!
Our best plan to move out of anxiety I to remember that God is in control of our futures.
- What areas of your life are you particularly worried about right now?
- What might be the underlying issue?
- Have you brought that issue to God yet?
- If not, what’s stopping you?
— Ashley Emmert wrote this Leader Extra. She is a freelance writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her sweet Southern husband and their small scrappy dogs. Find her at ashleygraceemmert.com or on Twitter @ashgemmert.
Study the Bible
To supplement Question #4 – “What tends to keep you up at night?” start by sharing the news item below:
In January 2016, US News & World Report published an article titled “What Will Be the Biggest Issues in 2016” with the subtitle “You can probably guess what tops American’s list of worries at the moment.” Based on statistics gathered in a recent Gallup poll, US News & World Report says these are the most important problems facing the U.S. right now:
- Dissatisfaction with Government
- Economy, in General
- Guns/Gun Control
- Ethics/Moral/Religious Decline
- Situation in Iraq/ISIS
- Immigration/Illegal Aliens
- National Security
- Race Relations/Racism
Say: We may share some of these concerns, and we may have other concerns that are not on this list. But all of us probably have things in our lives that cause us to worry.
Then call attention to Question #4 (p. 41 of the PSG) and invite the group to share their responses to the question.
Information for this post was gleaned from here:
What is your best “cure” for worry?
What places sets you instantly at ease, allowing you to forget any stress you may have?
How does worry impact our ability to live out God’s plans for us?
How do you cast your cares (worries) on the Lord?
When has God allowed you to experience peace instead of worry?
Which area of life do you need to entrust to God’s care right now?
What does worry say about the value we place on things?
What in your life are you giving too much value to?
What do we forfeit when we pursue things more than we should?
When have you seen or experienced God’s faithfulness?
What does is look like to pursue God’s kingdom and righteousness?
How does knowing that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow help you live a transformed life?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional: