Worry About Nothing, Pray About Everything

Dear Redemption Gilbert

Though we were not able to be together as a community yesterday, we pray you took the time to listen to this Sermon from our Founding Pastor, Tom Shrader.

We wanted to provide you with some questions to ponder and help you press into ways to live with joy, be at peace without worry and to pray about everything.

Philippians 4:4-8

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Sermon Discussion Questions

 

  • Joy vs Happiness. How would you describe the difference between someone who is joyful vs someone who is happy? Can you be joyful without being happy? In what circumstances could that be true? 
  • Self-centeredness is a thief of joy. How is it that placing yourself at the center of your thinking changes your ability to be joyful? What is it that controls our joy if we are at the center of our world? How does putting God in the center of our thinking become a driver of our joy?
  • “Be anxious for nothing” is a command given to us in the scriptures. Does that command seem realistic for you? We live in a world that is constantly giving us a buffet of things to be worried about. How can we avoid anxiety in our world? What is the key to short circuiting the anxiety cycle of the world?
  • “Pray about everything” is the antidote for anxiety according to Paul. How does prayer combat worry? What naturally begins to happen when worry begins to bubble in our hearts? What does prayer change about that natural cycle?
  • Tom talked described prayer as talking to God. He humanized prayer in a very common way. When you aren’t close to God, your prayers will naturally be shallow and awkward. When you spend time with him regularly, you will develop a deep, open relationship that will allow you to be honest about your deepest feelings. Where on the scale of shallow and awkward to deep and open are you in your relationship with God in your prayers? What can you do this week to move closer to Him in prayer?
  • Peace is not the absence of turmoil but the presence of God. Peace is not something we can buy, achieve, consume or find in an experience but one that is given to us by God. For those of us that are Christians, why then can it be hard to live within the peace we already have? What distracts us? What confuses us?
  • During this specific anxious and uncertain moment, one in which our world grapples with coronavirus, what can you be doing to live into a peace that passes all understanding? How can you make sure to put rhythms into place during the next few weeks that can help you live with joy, be at peace, without worry, praying about everything?