Red Letter Contentment, July 17, 2016, 11:00 a.m.

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Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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1. What do you think people worry most about? What do you find yourself worrying most about right now?

2. According to these verses, what does nature teach us about God? About ourselves?

3. What does Jesus teach here about the antidote to worry? What does this say about where we place our security?

4. What are practical ways a person might “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” in their daily life?

5. How might Jesus’ teaching “to not worry about tomorrow” go along with planning ahead for the future?

6. How might Jesus’ invitation and challenge in these verses lead to greater freedom in our lives (compared to popular worldviews)?

7. What practical step is Jesus is asking you to take in light of this passage? How can the group pray for you?
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