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Summary: Stop Worrying And Start Living! – sermon by Gordon Curley - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info

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SERMON OUTLINE:

The Problem of Worry:

Worry is unreasonable (vs 25)

Worry is undermining (vs 26)

Worry is unproductive (vs 27)

Worry is unreasonable (vs 30b-31).

Worry is unchristian (vs 32).

The Solution for worry:

Stop living for things and start living for God! (vs 33)

Stop living for tomorrow and enjoy today! (vs 34)

SERMON BODY:

Ill:

• A man went to see a psychologist regarding the fact he could not get to sleep at night.

• The reason for the man’s sleepless nights was worry.

• He was convinced that someone or something was under his bed.

• Well after many sessions with the psychologist the problem still persisted.

• No-one seemed able to help or cure him of this strange fear.

• One night he was having a pint with a friend in a pub;

• When all of a sudden his friend gave him the solution to his problems.

• The solution was very simple – “Why don’t you just cut the legs off your bed!”

• Problem sorted!

Transition: All people at some-time will experience worry:

• The things that worry you will probably not worry me,

• And the things that worry me may be very different to the things that worry you,

• But worry is a common experience that all of us experience at some time or other.

• Or to use substitute words, we will experience; ‘anxiety, burden, care, trouble, fear’.

Ill:

• The Greek New Testament word for worry means: "To be divided or distracted".

• Worry works by getting at our minds and our emotions by distracting them:

• We want to think about one particular thing;

• But instead we keep on being distracted, to think on something else

• Our thoughts are divided:

• We cannot let go, we cannot forget about the problem or situation,

• And concentrate on something else.

Ill:

• Our English word 'Worry' comes from an Anglo-Saxon word which means 'harm';

• It is another form of the word 'wolf’.

• Like a wolf mangles a sheep,

• So anxiety and worry is something that is harmful and damaging to us.

• Worry will so often sabotage a Christians faith:

• If we let it, then it will rob us of our peace and contentment in God!

Notice:

• That in these verses Jesus isn’t giving us a suggestion.

• He isn’t saying, “Well, in my humble opinion, it might be a good idea not to worry!”

• No! In the original Greek, this is a strong command!

• “Do not worry!”

Quote:

• “Prayer is an acknowledgment of faith; worry is a denial of faith.

• Prayer is putting my hand in God's, trusting to His loving guidance;

• Worry is withdrawing my hand, and denying His power to lead me.

• Prayer leads through the door of faith into the presence of God;

• Worry leads through the door of anxiety;

• Into the darkness of loneliness and discouragement.

• If prayer rules the life victory results.

• If worry rules the life then defeat will follow!”


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