Finding Freedom From Worry: Sermon Guide

The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our July 14, 2019 message, Finding Freedom From Worry. For more from this series, check out Summer on the Mount.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

What are you most prone to worry about? How often do you worry about it? Share this with your community group, and then memorize either Matthew 6:33-34 or Philippians 4:6-8 so that you can remind yourself of God’s truth when you are prone to worry.

Summary

What are you most prone to worry about? Everyone has worried about something, but no one wants to. As we continue our series, “Summer on the Mount," David Marvin walks us through Matthew 6:24-34, teaching us about the results of worry, the reason we don’t have to worry, and the remedy for worry.

Key Takeaways

  • There is a relationship between what you are devoted to and what you worry about.
  • The Results of Worry: Worry never helps and always costs.
  • There is no such thing as a productive use of time that is spent worrying.
  • Worry is being preoccupied with the future in the present...thus costing you your time. Worry always costs.
  • The Reason You Don’t Have to Worry: God will meet your needs.
  • The most repeated command in the Bible is: “Do not fear”. It’s repeated 366 times!
  • You can’t say “don’t worry” to someone if you aren’t also implicitly saying, “I got you”.
  • Functionally, a lot of us live as if we love our kids more than God loves us.
  • It’s irrational for a Christian to trust God with eternity but not with Thursday.
  • As Christians, we do not know what tomorrow holds, but we are the only ones who know Who holds tomorrow.
  • The Remedy for Worry: release your worries by replacing your agenda with God’s.
  • On the throne of your life, does your agenda compete with God’s agenda? We (almost always) only worry about things that have to do with our own agenda.
  • The things we worry about have to do with not getting everything we want. The reality is, none of us will ever get everything we want. But we can have peace.
  • You can trust God even when things go the opposite of how you want them to: infertility, singleness, finances, death, unemployment, sickness...anything and everything.
  • Saying you struggle with control doesn’t make sense. You are saying you struggle with something that you don’t have and have never had. Only God has and is in control!
  • When the posture and prayer of your heart is, “God, I trust you,” you can have peace.

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