“Worry”/“Anxious” is the Greek word “merimnao” meaning a mental distress or agitation resulting from undue concern (Webster’s Dictionary) or, more so, from a lack of trust in God. However, “anxiety is often legitimate” when its meaning is that of a sense of “commendable concern” (L. Richards, Expository Dictionary of Bible Words).
Phil. 4:6-7 What are we to be anxious for or worried about?
What are some of the things that you are anxious/worried about?
Why do you think that these things worry you?
What should we do when we are anxious about something?
What does verse 7 say will happen when we let our requests be made known to God with thanks?
How often do you pray or talk to God about the anxieties or worries that you have in your life?
Are you experiencing the peace of God as a result?
Matt. 6:25-34 What three things are God’s people not to be anxious/worried about?
What can’t being anxious/worried do to your life (vs. 27)?
If you are pursuing and putting/having God’s kingdom (i.e., Christ’s rulership/lordship over your life – 1 Pet. 3:15; Rom. 13:14) and His righteousness (i.e., being godly/holy in character – 1 Pet. 1:15) ahead of your own selfish desires, should you be worrying about the necessities of life?
Why (see Phil. 4:19)?
Are you so worried about acquiring the necessities of life that God’s kingdom (His lordship over your life) becomes secondary, instead of primary importance, and why?
What will it take for you to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (being godly) for your life?
What was keeping the rich young ruler from putting God first in his life, 19:22?
Is pursuing materialism or wealth keeping you from putting God first in your life (by obeying the Bible, especially doing evangelism and building up believers spiritually, Phil. 2:2 with Phil. 1:27)? Why?
If not, then what is keeping you (e.g., sports, school, career, girl/boyfriend, family, etc.) from putting God first by doing evangelism and building up believers spiritually?
Why is worry a sin (clue, Rom. 14:23; Heb. 11:6; Prov. 3:5)?
Is the reason you worry due to a lack of faith/trust in God and His Word, the Bible?
Matt. 10:28 Who shouldn’t we fear or worry about?
Does the fear or worry about your physical safety keep you from sharing your faith, and why?
If not, then are you willing to go anywhere that God sends you to share the gospel (e.g., overseas, the ghetto, your classroom, etc.)?
Acts 16:1, 16-19, 22-26 What happened to Paul and Silas?
What was the reason that Paul and Silas had been thrown in jail?
Does it seem that Paul and Silas were worried about being thrown in jail?
If you are ever thrown in jail for being a Christian or evangelizing, do you think that you would worry about getting out, and why?
Or, would you sing and pray, and why?
Acts 21:10-14 What did the prophet say about Paul?
What was Paul’s reaction to what the prophet said?
Did it seem that Paul was worried about going to Jerusalem?
Are you ready to die, be beaten, or put in prison for Jesus’ sake?
Eph. 1:7 Because of Jesus Christ’s shed blood, what do we Christians have?
[Redemption means to be released from a state of slavery to sin and be brought under Christ’s ownership because of His shed blood.].
Did you ever worry about the sins you committed before you became a Christian?
As a Christian, do you ever worry about God not forgiving you for sins you repeatedly commit?
Why (Col. 2:13-14; 1 Jn. 1:9)?
1 Tim. 4:12 What was Timothy told not to do?
Does your young age keep you from witnessing or ministering to older people? Why?
What does the second part of verse 12 say that we should do?
Why do you think a person shouldn’t worry about his or her age when witnessing or teaching the Bible to other people?
Lk. 10:38-42 What was Martha worried about?
What did Jesus tell Martha?
Do you worry about accomplishing things like cooking, mowing the lawn, shopping for food or clothes, visiting relatives, cleaning the house, school work, laundry, washing/waxing your car, etc. so that it keeps you from a closer relationship with God, and why?
Do you think that you need to make any changes in your life or schedule as a result of knowing this?
If so, what?
2 Cor. 12:14 What are children not responsible for?
What is the parent’s responsibility for the children?
Is undue concern for family/parents (e.g., providing financially for them) keeping you from serving the Lord full-time, and why?
Do you think that God could take care of your family if you stepped out in faith and served Him full-time?
Do you worry about whether or not your parent(s) can make it without your support? Why?
1 Pet. 5:7 What should we do?
How often do you do this, and how do you do this?
Why do you think that we should cast our burdens on the Lord?
What does Job 16:21 say?
Are you able to talk to God like you do your friends or neighbors?
1 Jn. 4:4 Should we worry about Satan or his attacks on us?
Instead of worrying when Satan continually attacks you, what should you do (Eph. 6:11; Jas. 4:7)?
Do you ever resist Satan’s attacks in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, and how?
Or, do you let him get the best of you, and why?
1 Cor. 7:32-35 What does Paul want us to be free from?
What is (or can) the unmarried person (be) concerned about?
If you are single, are you concerned with pleasing God or yourself? Why?
What are you doing to please the Lord?
What is the married person concerned with?
If you are married, is this what you are primarily concerned with – how you may please your spouse, or does serving the Lord take precedence over your spouse, and why?
How do or would you show that God is first in your life over your spouse?
What did Peter do in order to be discipled/trained by Jesus (Lk. 18:28-30; 4:38)?
Would you be willing to leave your spouse like Peter, or could you be separated temporarily (for years) in order to be trained and taught to be a full-time Christian worker?
What are the married person’s interests (vs. 34)?
Why did Paul even write this (vs. 35)?
Is it possible to serve the Lord wholeheartedly full-time and be married (see Acts 18:2, 18, 26)?
Are your interests undivided in your service to the Lord?
1 Jn. 1:9 If we confess our sins, what is God faithful to do?
[“confess” means “to say along with, admit, or verbally agree with”].
Do you ever worry about whether or not your sins have been forgiven, and why?
If you have confessed your sins to God, what can you be confident about?
What does Psalm 66:18 say concerning the issue?
[“regard” – cling to].
Should a Christian confess his sin immediately as soon as he realizes that he has committed it?
Why (vs. 6)?
1 Jn. 5:11-13 What does verse 13 say we have if we believe/trust in Jesus Christ (as our Savior and as God the Son)?
Do you know for sure, without a doubt, that you are going to heaven, and why?
Should you worry about your salvation if you trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior? Why (Titus 1:2)?
Can a Christian lose his salvation, and why (Rom. 8:29, 30)?
[“called”, “ justified”, “glorified” – are all in the aorist tense, meaning “finished action in past time” – Dr. R. Summers, Essentials of New Testament Greek, p. 66].
1 Sam. 17:37, 44-49 What did David say that the Lord would do (vs. 47)?
Is this what happened?
Was David worried about fighting Goliath? Why (vs. 47)?
Do you worry about the giants or problems in your life, or do you confidently deal with them, and why (Rom. 8:28; Jas. 1:2-4)?
What did Goliath come with to fight David, and what did David come with (vss. 40, 45)?
Do you let God fight the battles in your life? Explain.
One way of overcoming worry/anxiety is by trusting God and His sovereignty. Is this what you do, and why?
How (Heb. 12:1-2)?
What does it mean to keep your eyes on Jesus?
Do you keep your eyes on Jesus (as your role-model of Someone who trusted God in His circumstances so that He kept persevering) or on your problems, and why?
Dan. 3:14-18, 27-28 What were Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego guilty of?
What happened to them as a result of this (vss. 15, 23)?
What did they say to the king as a result of this (vs. 17)?
Does it seem that they were worried about their safety?
If a law was passed in our country that would pressure you to commit a sin and the penalty for disobeying that law was death, would you resist/cease from committing that sin, and why?
Or, would you worry about your life, and why?
What finally happened to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego?
1 Ki. 19:10-14, 18 What was Elijah worried about?
What was the Lord’s reply?
What had Elijah just done in chapter 18:36-40?
Did it seem like Elijah was worried about the prophets of Baal?
What did he do in chapter 18:27?
What do you think the difference was between chapter 19 and chapter 18?
Do you take your focus off of God, His power and sovereignty and instead focus on your circumstances and problems, and so worry about them?
If so, how can you prevent this from happening?
Jer. 1:4-10 What was Jeremiah worried about?
What did the Lord tell Jeremiah in verse 8?
Is there anything in your life keeping you from speaking out for Christ at work, school, or in your neighborhood?
If so, what?
According to Hebrews 13:5, is God with you everywhere you go?
Do you ever worry about not knowing what to say or not being able to answer people’s questions?
If so, what should you do instead (2 Tim. 2:15; Prov. 3:5-6)?
Matt. 14:3-5 What was king Herod worried about?
If you are a person in any kind of leadership position, do you ever worry about what other people might think of your decisions?
What should you do instead, and why?
Matt. 13:22 What is this person (represented by the seed sown on thorny soil ) worried or anxious about?
[“the world” – includes food, clothing, shelter, job, financial security, relationships, future uncertainties, esteem in the community, family].
Are you preoccupied or worried about any of these things?
If so, which, and why?
Since God is sovereignly in control of these things (1 Sam. 2:6-8; Acts 17:24-26; Deut. 10:14), then why do you think people worry about these things?
Is a preoccupation with any of these things, worrying about them, keeping you from building up believers spiritually (Rom. 14:19; 1 Thes. 5:11), aggressively sharing your faith (Acts 10:42, 43; 2 Tim. 4:5; Matt. 28:19, 20; Phil. 2:2 with 1:27; Phil. 4:9; Phil. 1:7, 12-16), putting the Lord first in your life (Matt. 22:37), or getting trained/equipped to serve God (Eph. 4:11-13)?
If so, what do you plan to do about it?
Matt. 10:34-36; Lk. 21:16-17 Jesus didn’t come to bring what to the earth?
Who will a man’s enemies be?
Has there ever been any conflict in your home/family because you are a Christian or want to do God’s will? If so, over what?
If your parents are not Christians, have you witnessed to them? If not, why?
Should you worry about whether your parents will accept you because you are a Christian or your wanting to do God’s will?
1 Tim. 6:7-10; Heb. 13:5 What should we be content with?
What do those who want to get rich fall into?
Is your life free from the love of money, or do you worry about having enough or gaining more, and why?
What should our character be free from?
What is the love of money a root of?
Have you ever fallen into this trap?
If not, how can you keep from falling into this trap?
1 Sam. 30:1-6 What did the Amalekites do to David and his men in verse 2?
What were the people thinking about doing to David, and why?
Was David worried?
What did he do (vs. 6)?
When you are anxious/worried about something, do you strengthen yourself in the Lord?
If so, how, and why?
What will you do in order to remember to do this?
What did David do in verse 8?
Do you seek guidance from the Lord (through reading your Bible and/or getting biblical counsel from godly, knowledgeable Christians) when you have concerns or problems, or do you try to make it on your own, and why?