When Anxiety Attacks week 2
God's recipe for worry
Review this week's message.
We can have peace no matter what because God is always with us.
“Replace your worry with worship!” – Pastor Dante Paiz
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
- What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
- What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?
- What’s your favorite underdog story?
- What’s been your best blessing during the pandemic?
Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
- Does worshipping always mean singing? What are different ways that someone can worship God?
- Why does uncertainty often cause anxiety?
- What is uplifting in knowing that God’s power works best in your weakness?
- Why are we often so afraid to let others see we aren’t perfect?
Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
- Do you believe that there is a lesson in everything? What is a trial you’ve gone through that actually resulted in you learning a valuable lesson?
- When was a time God’s power came through your weakness?
- What is a verse from scripture that is comforting in the midst of trials?
- What is an example in your life of when you saw God come through for you? How do you need God to show up in your life right now?
Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.
Dear Jesus, thank you for always being with us amidst our anxiety and worry. Even when all we see are flaws, you see a child that you love. Thank you for that. In your name we pray, Amen.
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
- It is so important to speak truth over ourselves in times of worry. As a group come up with five different loving truths that God says about us in Scripture. Every morning this week, read those truths aloud and remind yourself of who He says you are.
- On a sheet of paper, create two columns. Write down sources of your stress/anxiety in the left column. Then, write a praise to God in the right-hand column that corresponds with the source on the left. When you’re done, hold onto the praises you have written, and cross out or get rid of the left-hand column.
- Name someone who’s held your arms up in difficult times like Aaron did for Moses. Take time this week to reach out to that person and tell let them how they helped you, what it might have looked like if they didn’t, and how your life is better since they did.
- Go around the group, and if you’re ok with being transparent, share one thing that gives you stress or anxiety. Then, as a group, pray over each member, asking God to give them peace in His love, instead of pain in the face of the cause of stress/anxiety.
Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NASB
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Philippians 4:4 ESV
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.. Philippians 4:5 ESV
..do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 ESV
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 ESV