Jack in the Box
Week 1 – Anxiety
 

Ice Breaker:  What’s your biggest worry?

1. Discuss the series in a couple sentences:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls….” Matthew 11:28-29

2. Read Matthew 6:25-34.  Why do you think Jesus repeats, “Do not worry” three times?  
     a. Is do not worry a suggestion?
     b. Is do not worry an encouragement?
     c. If not, what is it?

3. Three Antidotes for Anxiety:
         i. Think Big, not Little
               1. Do you spend a lot of time worrying about stuff that really doesn’t matter that much?
                    a. Examples?
               2. What does Jesus say about this in Matthew 6:25?
         ii. Think Faith, not Fear.
               1. If you’ve trusted God with your eternity, do you think you can trust Him with lunch?
               2. God told Joshua, be Bold and Strong, Banish Fear and Doubt. Why?  He said, Remember, the Lord your God                    is with you, wherever you go.
                    a. Is God with you? (see Hebrews 13:5).
                    b. Can you trust Him?
               3. God told Abraham, God to a land I will show you.
                    a. Will God lead you?  (See Proverbs 3:5-6)
               4. God told Moses, Go lead My people out of slavery, and I will be with you.  
                    a. Does God prepare a way for you?  (See Ephesians 2:10)
        iii. Think “What now?”, not “What if”.
               1. God wants you to live in the now, not in yesterday or tomorrow.  Discuss.
               2. Corrie Ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
                    a. Have you seen that play out?
                    b. Have you fallen into that?
               3. Isaiah 52:12 tells us that God has yesterday and tomorrow covered:
                    "But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be
                    your rear guard." Isaiah 52:12

               4. Is this a struggle for you?  Pray together as a group.