Jesus seeks to dispossess us of our status and stuff so that we can be people who are free from anxiety. Because if we want to be free of anxiety, we must become people who have nothing to lose.
This Week's Action Step:
Let the birds and flowers teach you to trust.
Small Group Questions:
· Jesus tells us that we cannot serve God and wealth.
· Jesus ties wealth and anxiety together by suggesting that our desire for status and stuff often creates our anxiety.
· I suggested that we have really softened the NT teaching on wealth.
o The NT, taken as a whole, has a very negative attitude toward wealth, seeing wealth in and of itself as a problem, whereas we like to think that wealth is OK so long as we have the proper attitude toward it.
o Do you think that we’ve softened the NT teaching on wealth so that we, as relatively speaking, mostly very wealthy people, can justify our wealth?
· Read Proverbs 30:8-9.
o What do you think of this prayer? That God neither make us poor nor rich?
· How many of you struggle with anxiety? What, specifically?
· In what ways has technology made us more anxious?
· Jesus connects status and stuff with anxiety, suggesting that it’s only once we’re freed from status and stuff that we’re also freed from our anxiety.
o If you want to be free from anxiety, you must become somebody who has nothing to lose.
o What is Jesus asking you to give up, to give away, to do, or to stop doing that might free you from your anxiety?
Songs from Today
This Is Amazing Grace by Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, and Phil Wickham
I Will Exalt by Amanda Falk
Blessed Assurance by Mack Brock and Chris Brown
What A Beautiful Name by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood
Your Love Is Strong by Jon Foreman