Anxiety is the result of my propensity to view life’s events through human eyes rather than through God’s perspective of those same events. In Philippians 4, we find several antidotes for anxiety.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- In what areas of life do you find yourself most prone to be anxious? How do you tend to deal with those times of anxiety?
- How might technology and the modern pace of life cause an increase in anxiety? Do you feel like you are living life as a “camel” or a “cheetah”?
- Read Philippians 4:4-9. What do you find most encouraging, or most challenging, in this passage?
- Why can a believer “rejoice in the Lord always”?
- In what ways is the Lord near to us? What passages of Scripture come to mind that describe His nearness?
- How much time do you spend each day in undistracted prayer? Why is it so important to find that focused communion with the Lord?
- What does it mean that there is a battle for your mind? What habits do you have in place to fight that battle each day? What changes might you need to make in your life to win the battle?
- What does it look like to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)?
- Pastor Supp said that “if you are battling with worry, either you do not know the Word of God and His promises, or you don’t believe them.” What is your reaction to that statement?
- Spend some time in prayer that, during times of anxiety, God would help you rejoice, know that He is near, pray, and win the battle for your mind.