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Separation Anxiety (Matthew 6:25-43)

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This last Sunday Jeff Dionise preached from Matthew 6:25-43 as Jesus teaches His disciples about anxiety and faith. This passage is a good encouragement to look to our Heavenly Father who provides for His children

Listen to the sermon from this last Sunday, and discussion questions are below:

Matthew 6:25-34
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Discussion Questions
1. How has anxiety affected your walk with Christ? How has it affected your prayer time? Has it ever made God seem distant, has it drawn you closer to Him, or both?
2. Are there certain things that seem to trigger anxiety in your life? Could there be anxiety in your life that has been there so long it seems normal?
3. Why does the Bible tell us hundreds of times not to worry?
3. How many reasons can you find in Matthew 6:25-34 to not worry?
4. Why is the message of “seeking first the Kingdom of God” in the midst of all the verses on not being anxious? Do you think enough about the coming Kingdom of God?
5. How can worry hinder your ability to witness to others?
6. Has Matthew 6:25-34 changed anything about the way you pray? Has it made you think differently about how you might encourage those who suffer from anxiety?
7. If God already knows what you need and want, why do we still need to pray? (Think about intimacy and relationship vs. submitting requests)
8. What is your biggest worry? What is one step you can take to better manage the anxiety you experience?