Scared

The Unknown

Like many of nature’s creatures that use poisonous venom to paralyze their prey, fear’s venom disables it, victims. What is the essence of fear? How can we move past its effects? And what is the antidote?

Like many of nature’s creatures that use poisonous venom to paralyze their prey, fear’s venom disables it, victims. What is the essence of fear? How can we move past its effects? And what is the antidote?

November 1, 2020
by
Craig Walker
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Introduction

The fear of the unknown is the foundation of all fear. The unknown can cause irrational fears. This week Pastor Craig tells us that there are things we can do to quell our fears of the unknown. We can find the cure for anxiety when we live with an eternal perspective in the here and now.

Discussion Questions

(The goal is to grow in our relationship with Christ and each other. It is ok if you don’t cover every question.)

1. Do you consider yourself a worrier? Why or why not? What are you most likely to stress about and why?

2. What negative effects has worry had on your health? your thoughts? your productivity? your relationships?

3. Have a volunteer read Matthew 6:27-34. When we worry, what are we saying about our view of God and our relationship with Him?

4. Is it practical to depend on God for vital necessities like food and clothing? Why do you think He expects us to?

5. Trusting God with everything is easier said than done. What spiritual disciplines—such as prayer, worship, study, fasting, and so forth—have you found helpful for diminishing worry?

6. Read 1 Peter 5:7. What are some practical ways we can cast our anxieties on God?

7. How does worry or anxiety keep you from focusing on the eternal? How would your life be different if you lived the way Jesus sets forth in this passage?

Moving Forward

Spiritual disciplines are those personal and corporate practices that lead to spiritual maturity in a believers life.  Get into the word until the word gets into you, study His word , spend time with God, pray, and memorize scripture these habits of devotion can and will help relieve anxieties and fears.

Changing Your Mind

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah” Psalms 46:1-3 NKJV

Prayer

Lead your group in prayer, thanking God for His work on the cross and for the joy that He found in the result of that sacrifice for us. Ask Him to help the group members identify the worries and anxieties that keep them from seeing and seeking His kingdom. Ask that as the work of Christ overwhelms all lesser concerns, joyful and abundant life would be obvious in group members.

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