Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on January 24, 2021
Passage: Luke 10:38-42
This Sunday, Mike continued our Breakthrough series with a message to help us fight anxiety.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, or challenged you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Recently, has there been a situation, relationship, or obstacle you’ve been anxious about where you’ve allowed the anxiety to affect other areas of your life?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Based on this story, how do you define anxiety? Is all anxiety unavoidable? Why or why not?
2. What was Martha concerned about? What evidence from Luke 10:38-42 indicates that Martha’s concern began to consume her heart and mind? According to Jesus, how did Mary manage to avoid being consumed by anxiety and worry?
3. Who do you identity with the most in our story and why – Mary or Martha?
4. What lessons can you learn from this story about fighting anxiety in your life?
5. What lessons can you learn from the following teaching of Jesus about fighting and overcoming anxiety?
Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
6. What lessons can you learn from the following passage written by the Apostle Paul about fighting and overcoming anxiety?
Philippians 4:6-8 (ESV)
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
7. When should someone seek counsel from a professional counselor regarding their anxiety?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?