Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 14:27, 2 Corinthians 1:3–1:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:14
It Is Well: A seven week series about finding peace in an anxious world.
John 14:27 NIV
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
The Flow of God's Comfort to the Anxious
from GOD through ME to OTHERS
God is the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. His comfort is a "come alongside to help" kind of comfort--a comfort through companionship. So God doesn't promise us comfort instead of suffering; rather, He offers us comfort in the midst of suffering. The One with infinite knowledge about all things also has intimate care for your thing.
The blessing of God's supernatural comfort is meant to be shared, not hoarded. What we personally experience from the Lord in our troubles, we're then called to express that same comfort to others in their troubles.
Caring Well to Break the Cycle
Loneliness is both a cause and a symptom of anxiety. So if the loneliness and anxiety cycle remains unbroken it will multiply our anxiousness even further. When we feel alone, we're susceptible to the lies of Satan and can easily be led to believe that we’re worthless, that nobody cares for us, that God doesn’t love us, that our lives have no meaning, and that every single possible worry that pops into our head will actually happen to us. God can use our involvement with people to expose those lies, break that cycle, and to reorient them back to the rock-solid truth of the Gospel and God’s great love for them.
Caring Well: Getting Practical
When it comes to anxiety, there's a:
1. Universal and circumstantial anxiety that’s common to all.
2. Unique and complicated anxiety that’s specific to some.
Universal anxiety that’s common to all.
1. Pray for people in their presence. (James 5:16)
2. Remind them of who they are to Jesus. (1 Cor. 15:1)
3. Invite friends into caring community.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 NIV
14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Unique anxiety that’s specific to some.
1. Be present.
2. Be patient.
3. Point them to help.