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Part 3:  Worry

Bottom Line

You can trust God with your worries.

Scripture

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

Overview

This week we’re going to deal with another major dysfunction in the lives of teenagers and people in general.  This one is possibly the most difficult dysfunction to overcome.  The issue is worry or anxiety.

Teenagers today face all of the same worries we’ve all faced in addition to their own new set of worries because of today’s face paced and overly connected world. We are going to encourage students to take their worries and concerns, no matter what they may be and give them to the only one who can bring true peace.

Based on God’s command and promise in Philippian 4:6-7, the challenge is to be anxious for nothing but instead make your requests known to God and allow his peace to lead our lives.  Begin to trust God.  Understand that we are not in control anyway, and when we trust Him with our stuff, He’ll bring us peace in the midst of whatever we may be facing.

Discussion Questions

  1. What causes the most worry and anxiety in your life? What are some dysfunctional ways you deal with it?
  2. How do anxiety and worry hurt you?  Your relationships? Your walk with God? Your health?
  3. Trusting God is a big concept.  What are 3 practical ways you can trust God with your anxiety and worry?
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