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Overcoming Anxiety |One Joy

Series: ONE JOY

Speaker: Phil Carnuccio

March 26, 2023
Philippians 4:6-7'>Philippians 4:6-7

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Follow Along with the Message

  1. Doing Life

As a church family, we care about each other’s lives: what we’re celebrating, what we’re mourning, what decisions we are praying through, and everything in between 

(1 Thessalonians 2:8, Romans 12:10, 15). Suggested time: 10-20 minutes 

  • How are you doing? 
  • What can you thank God for this week?
  • When were you most aware of Jesus’ presence this week? When were you least aware of Jesus’ presence this week?
  • Do you have any practical needs?
  1. Jesus Centered

God uses His Word to reveal Himself to us, equip us to live the good life He’s designed for us, show us our sin, and strengthen us as we follow Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Colossians 1:9-12, and James 1:22-25). Suggested Time: 20-40 minutes 

(Sermon Discussion Questions)  

  1. Why have anxiety disorders rapidly grown more prevalent over the past few years?  
    1. Why does the United States often rank as the nation with the highest levels of anxiety, as compared to other nations?  
    2. How can we do our part to reverse these trends in our society? 
  2. What methods do we often try to overcome anxiety, absent God?  Why do these methods never work long-term? 
  3. Read 1 Peter 5:7.  Why do we often feel guilt or shame about our anxiety?  Why does it often feel difficult to truly cast your anxieties onto Christ? 
  4. If our prayers fail to produce peace and our anxiety persists, how can we change our approach to prayer? 
  5. Read Ephesians 6:10-18 and discuss how this relates to our struggles with anxiety.
  6. Read Matthew 6:25-34.  What did Jesus say is the antidote to anxiety? How do we live this out each and every day?
  1. Engaging the Heart

Jesus calls us to walk in the light, confessing our sins to God and each other. God’s Spirit works through confession and community to lead us to repentance. (Romans 3:23-24, James 5:16 and 1 John 1:5-10) Suggested Time: 10-20 minutes 

  • How are you doing abiding with Jesus this week in Scripture and prayer? 
  • What sin do you need to confess to God? What are you struggling to trust Jesus with this week? How can you give Him control of it? (As people confess sin, make sure to remind one another of the good news Jesus offers.)
  1. Expanding the Kingdom

Just like God the Father sent Jesus on a mission of reconciliation for us, Jesus sends us out as ambassadors of His reconciliation. We are called to make disciples wherever we go. (John 20:21 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-20) Suggested time: 10-20 minutes

  • People: Who in your life can you be building with right now? What does that look like during this season? 
  • Plan: Are there any rhythms planned (virtual or in-person) that we can invite these friends into? What spiritual conversations do you want to initiate with them soon? 
  • Pray: Let’s pray for our people by name; pray for their needs, opportunities to connect, and opportunities to have spiritual conversations that help them take next steps toward Jesus.

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