ICE BREAKER: Do you have any odd fears or phobias or quirky ways of dealing with things you don’t like? (For example, RSBC’s pastor that doesn’t have a big red beard gets anxious and grossed out if he can’t wash his feet before putting socks on. That’s quirky!)
Sunday’s Easter sermon addressed how Jesus’ resurrection can reverse fear and anxiety. This study will dive more into the topic of fear, worry, and anxiety.
Why We Worry
Discuss or write your thoughts on this statement: A vast majority of our fear, stress, and anxiety can be attributed to the fact that we are not in control.
Although we might dream about superhuman powers, by God’s design we are limited and we know it (though we don’t like to admit it). In the following examples, what control is missing and what might fear or anxiety produce in you?
The reason we want to be in control is because we have certain values and desires (good and bad) we want to guard, achieve, or enjoy.
Where To Go With Worry
READ Luke 10:38-42
How is Martha modeling the worry and anxiety that we have been discussing?
Jesus seeks to aid Martha’s mindset with the phrase “one thing is necessary.”
Jesus wants Martha (and us) to re-identify what we consider necessary and optional in our daily life. And He does this, not in order to ignore our fear and stress but, to equip us for rightly handling them!
How do these verses agree with Jesus’ teaching to Martha?
Earlier you listed three frequent worries/anxieties. Based on the verses you read, what impact could considering time with Jesus as “one thing necessary” have on those areas?
Close in prayer for yourself or group members based on the things you have discovered and learned.