Discipleship Lessons from Luke: Worry

Sermon & Small Group Resources

This is the seventh of nine sermons in our series on ‘Discipleship Lessons from Luke’. This sermon is on ‘Worry’. Preacher: The Rev’d Dr Bruce Pass. Bible Reading: Luke 12:22-34

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BIBLE READING: Luke 12:22-34

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

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CONNECT: Is there an area of greed that you need to address in your life?

WARM-UP Question

  1. Do you think we have a cultural problem with ‘worry’? Why or why not?

  2. What are the things that you most typically worry about? How can that affect you?

READ Luke 12:22-34

  1. In this passage, Jesus is not so much telling us not to worry but rather he is wanting us to consider whether we have the right set of worries. What is it specifically that Jesus says in verse 22 that we should not worry about?

  2. Do we need to be careful not to generalise this into a broader category of ‘financial worry’ or ‘worry-in-general’? Why or why not?

  3. Jesus gives two big reasons why we shouldn’t worry about our threshold needs. What is the first reason he gives in verse 24?

  4. What is the second reason Jesus gives for not worrying about threshold needs in verses 25-26? Without ignoring what Jesus is saying, what else might we need to add to this reason for those who suffer from mental illnesses?

  5. If worrying does is not fruitful, why do you think that we’re often so good at it?

  6. What should we be doing instead of worrying, given these two reasons? What does this look like in practical terms? What is a specific way that you can apply this in the coming days?

  7. In verse 23 Jesus says, ‘Life is more than food and the body more than clothes’. How does this help Luke to make another comparison with Solomon (cf. Ecclesiastes 2:24)?

  8. From what Jesus says in verse 31, the ‘more than’ is the kingdom of God. What is the kingdom of God?

  9. Why would Jesus tell us to seek the kingdom, if we have already received it?

  10. In verse 33, Jesus describes the pursuit of the kingdom of God in terms of giving to the poor. How does Proverbs 19:17 help us understand this?

  11. How might our spending habits show us where our worries truly lie?

APPLY: What is one area of worry (or tendency to worry) in your life? How can Jesus’ teaching in these verses help alleviate you of worry?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the incredible ways in which you provide for us both eternally and also today. Please help us not to worry but instead trust in you. Please also help us to be generous with all that we have, that we might continually express our dependence on you alone. Amen.

GOING DEEPER

WITH CHILDREN