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The World vs. The Word: Fear

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Focus on God Priorities, Don't Focus on worthless pursuits

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The World vs. The Word: Fear

The World vs. The Word: Fear
Wes Sullivan / Youth Group
Fear: Matthe w 6 / Fear; Anxious; Christ / Matthew 6:19–21; Matthew 6:25–34; Matthew 6:32–34
Focus on God Priorities, Don't Focus on worthless pursuits
Primary Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21, 25-26, 31-34
Big Idea: What are you treasuring? The World says treasure money, public opinion, and stuff; The Word says treasure the coming kingdom and Christ Righteousness. If we focus on these things we will lack reason to worry!
2 Big Questions:
1. What do we treasure? What do you want most often?
2. What do we fear?
Common Culprits
• Money
• Public Opinion
• Stuff
The World says…
Chase what you don’t have.
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Fear what you can’t change.
Fixate on what doesn’t satisfy.
The Word says…
1. Trust in God’s care (Matthew 6:25-26, Lam. 3:22-23)
2. Rest in God’s promises (Matthew 6:32; Philippians 4:6-7); https://www.gotquestions.org/promises-of-God.html
3. Seek God’s priorities
4. Delight in God’s Son (Romans 6:16-18; Eph 2)
a. You have reason to celebrate:
i. Freedom (list scripture)
ii. Grace
iii. Life
iv. Love
v. Contentment
vi. Assurance
vii. Acceptance
viii. Eternity
Big Idea: What are you treasuring? The World says treasure money, public opinion, and stuff; The Word says treasure the coming kingdom and Christ Righteousness. If we focus on these things we will lack reason to worry!
What are you treasuring? The World says treasure money, public opinion, and stuff; The Word says treasure the kingdom and Christ Righteousness. If we focus on these things we will lack reason to worry!
2 Big Questions:
What do we treasure? What do you want most often?
· Heavenly Blessings vs Earthly Pleasures: He calls people to devote themselves to the pursuit of heavenly blessings.[1] And not to devote themselves to earthly pleasures.
Heavenly Blessings vs Earthly Pleasures: He calls people to devote themselves to the pursuit of heavenly blessings.[1] And not to devote themselves to earthly pleasures.
·
What do we fear?
What do we fear?
Common Culprits
Money
tells us to distinguish between the true riches (spiritual) and uncertain riches (the material).[2]
o tells us to distinguish between the true riches (spiritual) and uncertain riches (the material).[2]
tells us to distinguish between the true riches (spiritual) and uncertain riches (the material).[2]
Public Opinion
· Public Opinion
· Stuff
Stuff
The World says…
Chase what you don’t have.
Fear what you can’t change.
· Fear what you can’t change.
· Fixate on what doesn’t satisfy.
Fixate on what doesn’t satisfy.
Jesus offers an alternative pattern of thinking and living. Based on the grace and powerful promises of God, Jesus offers us a plan for worry-free living:
The Word says…
Trust in God’s care (, )
“Worry” is the key word of this entire section, since it occurs six times (vv. 25, 27–28, 31, 34 [2×])
o “Worry” is the key word of this entire section, since it occurs six times (vv. 25, 27–28, 31, 34 [2×])
Worry comes from a lack of genuine belief in God’s goodness and mercy. One author says, “Worry is practical atheism and an insult to God.”
o Worry comes from a lack of genuine belief in God’s goodness and mercy. One author says, “Worry is practical atheism and an insult to God.”
o Trust Vs. Control
Trust Vs. Control
Easy vs Difficult (my yoke is easy and my burden is light)
o Easy vs Difficult (my yoke is easy and my burden is light)
Rest in God’s promises (; ); https://www.gotquestions.org/promises-of-God.html
· Rest in God’s promises (; Phili 4:6-7); https://www.gotquestions.org/promises-of-God.html
o Vs. Fruitless Labors
Vs. Fruitless Labors
o List God’s Promises
List God’s Promises
· Seek God’s priorities
Seek God’s priorities
God’s Kingdom
o God’s Kingdom
Righteousness (What does it mean to seek righteousness)
o Righteousness (What does it mean to seek righteousness)
Delight in God’s Son (; )
· Delight in God’s Son (; )
You have reason to celebrate:
o You have reason to celebrate:
Freedom (list scripture)
Freedom (list scripture)
Freedom (list scripture)
Grace
§Grace
Life
Love
Contentment
Assurance
Acceptance
Eternity
[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
[2] Wiersbe, W. W. (1992). Wiersbe’s expository outlines on the New Testament (p. 33). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
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