Week 1

Anxiety

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:5-11

5 In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders.[c] And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert.[d] Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters[e] in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

Video

https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/325461?episode=2

Conversations

Utilizing the passage above, the video, and today’s sermon, consider the following questions:

  1. In today’s culture, how is our “adversary” the devil prowling around like a roaring lion, seeking to devour people? How does anxiety devour individuals? Families? Entire societies?
  2. What aspects of our culture, electronic and otherwise, create anxiety in our lives? What pieces of life could be labeled as a tool of the “roaring lion.”
  3. Is it possible that the anxiety in your life might be trying to tell you that something is a risk, and perhaps should be listened to?
  4. What kind of anxiety is good? When is anxiety debilitating?
  5. Consider the following statement, “We are judged by the number on our bathroom scale, the square footage of our house, the cost of our car, the amount of money in the bank, the list could go on and on. The really unfortunate part of these cultural expectations is they are driven more and more by less than perfect role models.” How can lowering or changing expectations lower anxiety levels?
  6. How can prayer or meditation help you live in the present moment, and not in all the other “not-at-the-moment” scenarios that our minds can go?
  7. I Peter 5: 5-11 talks about a number of topics around the discussion of anxiety. How might the following recommendations from Peter relate to anxiety:
    • Accept Authority
    • Clothe yourself in humility
    • Discipline yourselves
    • Keep alert and resist the adversary
  8. What methods do you use to curb your anxiety? What tricks would you recommend for others? 9. How do you help your child deal with the anxiety of new school settings?