Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES

DATE: Sunday, December 10, 2017

FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ

Preached by Pastor Steve Rimikis

 

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like…

Checking It Twice (Anxiety)

 

MEETUP WEEK #2 Format: TESTIMONY & SHARING

TRIAL, TRUTH, TRIUMPH

TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: “The higher the priority we place on something, the more control it has over our lives. Whether that is a negative thing, like a relationship, an anxiety, a fear, an expectation or even in a positive way, Jesus helping control and lead our lives.”

 

START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:

Tonight’s DC is about sharing our stories with one another, and ideally sharing something that the group doesn’t already know about you or your story.

 

SHARE THREE MINUTES

We ask that you share no longer than 3 Minutes, in order for all group members to have a chance to share. Everyone may not get a chance to share this month, but if that is the case, your DC leader will be sure to start with you next month.(You may want to have a time keeper – use your phone and gently remind or guide those who share when the time is up.)

 

SHARE THREE ELEMENTS:

  • TRIAL

What happened – why you are going through this challenge, the cause, the background. PLEASE BE CONCISE.

  • TRUTH

Where did you meet God in this experience – how did God influence and touch you in this circumstance.

  • TRIUMPH

How did it end. Please share the positive outcome of how God

 

This week’s Testimony FOCUS: ANXIETY

  • Christmas Anxieties (The scripture tells us to ‘not be anxious about anything’) – what are you anxious (internally driven) about this holiday season? In addition, although similar, what gives you stress (externally driven by outside forces)?

 

  • In what ways are we showing others that you are celebrating Christmas?? (Go deeper than wishing someone “Merry Christmas” or getting frustrated over someone saying, “Happy Holidays” or the lack of Christian representation at the mall or Starbucks.)

 

THIS WEEK’s SERMON CONTEXT

FOR TESTIMONY & SHARING TIME

BIBLE READING:

Matthew 6:25 – 33 (ESV)Do Not Be Anxious

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.

 

What parts of the scripture passage stood out to you? What part is the most encouraging? What part is the most challenging?

 

GET TO THE ROOT OF WHY WE STRUGGLE WITH ANXIETY

 1.) Managing our Expectation

  • Our expectations must fit into God’s Plan, not God’s Plan must fit our expectations.

 

  • We are all leading someone, somewhere – therefore, listen to God.

 

  • QUESTION: Who are you leading? Where are you leading them?

 

 2.) Preventing Anxiety from Leading to Indecision

  • God will provide provision and does provide provision.

 

 3.) Keeping our Priorities in Order

  • God will provide provision and does provide provision.

 

 4.) Replacing insecurities with Confidence in God’s plans.

 

Matthew 16:33

33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.