–Copied and edited from an email I sent yesterday–
I’ve spent much of today thinking about the best way to describe this series and do it justice. Result: I can’t. But I’ll try.
We use a lot of clichés in the Christian vocabulary; we use words without fully thinking about what they mean. We’ll readily say “God is with us”, “God bless you” etc, but when things get tough that bridge that should connect our theology with our life often rumbles and crumbles (and often reveals some equally wobbly pieces of our theology).
We all know anxiety. We’ve all been there, and we might even be there right now. But here is something that we might NOT know: Anxiety is, essentially, a sin (horror! HERESY!!!). Yes, it shocked me to realise it too. Why? Because we justify our anxiety; stress is part of everyday “normal” life, and even though we claim to trust our Father in heaven above all else and take hold of His promises, somehow we always think that “seek first the kingdom of God and everything else will be added unto you” (Mat. 6:33) just doesn’t apply in our particular situation: No, no. You don’t understand. God gives good gifts – yes. He loves His children and works all things for the good for them – yes. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ – yes. But, well, MY situation, well – it’s DIFFERENT. Somehow it falls OUT of God’s sovereign plans.
Of course, we’d never actually SAY that. But it’s there, stuck in the back of our mind, in that special place that really matters.
And I know how guilty I am of that.
Now, we might all solemnly nod at the above. Yes, yes, we’ve heard it a million times from the pulpit. And – come on – we ALL want to know the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Phil. 4:7), don’t we? And we’ll get RIGHT on it, just as soon as we get out of this particular hole we’re currently in…
The Bible is amazing (award for understatement). And one of the reasons it’s so amazing is because it has the power to change our thinking and consequently, our whole lives, and the way we see life. And that is what this series is about: the Word of God changing our minds on dealing with anxiety.
Preaching mostly from Matthew 6:25-34, pastor Don Green develops a study that focuses on the attitude we should, as Christians, bring to whatever situation we might find ourselves in. ANY situation. ALL of our lives. EVERY dimension.
How does he work such magic? Simply, he actually goes through the words of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Things we know, we profess, we encourage others with, but often miss ourselves.
This is one set of teaching that cannot be missed. And no, no-one’s paying me to say that. I would encourage/exhort/urge/beg you to make some time to listen to this. You will only profit.
You can find the free 5-part series here: http://www.thegracelifepulpit.com/DG-CDA10.htm
It also includes an extremely helpful Q&A session for all those niggling thoughts (what about Christians living in poverty? what about anxiety over someone’s salvation? what about…? what about…? what about…?).
I would look forward to hearing your thoughts on this. And, trust me, you’ll have many!