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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
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?
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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
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!
· 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.
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What do we fear?
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
· Stuff
· Fear what you can’t change.
· 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:
“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 (; 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
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 (; )
o You have reason to celebrate:
Freedom (list scripture)
§Grace
[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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