How to Live Carefree: Whatever is Noble
January 13-14, 2018
Ron Williams

  • Icebreaker Question: Ron talked about the fact that we often “feed” our anxieties.  Describe some ways that you have fed your anxieties.  What was the outcome?
  • What challenged you, confused you, or changed you during the weekend’s message?
  • Read Philippians 4:4-8. Ron outlined four ways to prepare for calm in the midst of the test of anxiety or trouble [see below]. Which of these are the easiest for you to do in the midst of a test and which are the hardest? Why?
    • Celebrate God’s goodness (verse 4)
    • Ask God for help (verse 6)
    • Leave your concerns with him (verse 6)
    • Meditate on good things (verse 8)
  • Ron taught about the testing that occurred for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from Daniel 3.
    • They knew God was able – How have you learned to trust in God’s ability to help you in the midst of a trial?
    • They knew God was near – What gives you confidence that God is near you at all times? [see Psalm 145:18; 34:18]
    • They knew God had a plan – How do you know when you are following your own plan and when you are honoring God by trusting in his plan? [see Jeremiah 29:11; Proverbs 3:5-6]
    • They knew who they were – How would you describe your “identity” in Christ? How can you build confidence in your identity as a son or daughter the Most High God? [see Ephesians 1:5; 1 Peter 2:9]
  • Life at Home Question: From our discussion today, what are practical steps you can take to help you honor God by trusting Him “in the midst” of anxiety? What is the first step you’ll take this next week?