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Sermon Notes – Matthew 6:25-34

Sermon Notes – Matthew 6:25-34

SERMON NOTES AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: November 5, 2023

 

 

SERMON OUTLINE

 

Main Point:

  • Do not be anxious!
    • v.25, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…
    • v.31, Therefore do not be anxious
    • 34, Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow…

 

3 Points:

  1. Anxiety is fruitless, trust your whole life to your heavenly Father for He cares for you.
    1. Matthew 6:25-27
    2. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” C.H. Spurge
    3. “Anxiety never solved a problem, never dried a tear, never lifted a burden, never removed an obstacle. It never made bad things good, or good things better.” James Merritt
  2. Anxiety is faithless, pray to God to help you to trust His power and goodness.
    1. Matthew 6:28-32
    2. Romans 8:31-32
  3. Do not suffer a pain that may never come, seek God and trust His care and provision.
    1. Matthew 6:33-34
    2. “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie Ten Boom
    3. James 4:13-15

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

 

LEADER’S NOTES:

  1. The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus.
  2. There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group.
  3. Feel free to edit/rephrase the questions to fit your personality and style.

 

GENERAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  • What stood out to you from the sermon (or from the passage)?
  • What parts are the most challenging and why?
  • What parts are the most exciting/helpful and why?

 

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

READ MATTHEW 6:25-34

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.

 

34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

 

  1. What are the things that bring you the most anxiety in life? What would it look like to cast these cares onto the Lord (see 1 Peter 5:7)?

 

  1. What do you usually do to alleviate anxiety in your life? How might you adjust your daily prayers (and other spiritual practices) to center more on trust in God’s provision and less on worldly anxieties?

 

  1. Why do you think we need this reminder from Jesus to trust in God for supplying our basic needs?

 

  1. How does the reminder of God’s care for the little things (birds, flowers) help to comfort you in your anxiety? How much more does the gospel encourage us that we can trust in God (see Romans 8:32)

 

  1. What does it look like to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness? What kinds of things are you tempted to seek first instead of God’s Kingdom? (consider both the things that cause anxiety and the things that alleviate anxiety)

 

  1. When have you found yourself paralyzed by future possibilities that don’t end up coming true?
    • Why do you think so many of us bring the worry of these potential futures into the present to worry about now?
    • What would be a more productive approach in dealing with this kind of anxiety?
    • How does Jesus’ statement “sufficient for today is its own trouble” help to encourage you in this?

 

  1. Jesus says that worrying cannot add a single hour to our lives. How does this perspective challenge the way you think about your own anxieties and concerns?

 

  1. Our culture often prioritizes security through accumulation of material goods.
    • How can we shift our focus from material security to spiritual assurance, especially in a consumer-driven society?
    • In what ways does the accumulation of material things end up increasing our anxiety rather than relieving it?

 

  1. Share a time when you experienced God’s provision in a tangible way. How did that experience shape your understanding of these verses?

 

  1. While this passage encourages us not to worry, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t plan or be responsible. How can we balance the command not to worry with the practical realities of living in the world?