Fulfilled: "Worry is a Bully... Where you Invest your Love you Invest your Life" :: YouVersion Event
StoneBridge Community Church
Fulfilled: "Worry is a Bully... Where you Invest your Love you Invest your Life"
Ryan Joslin, Director of Student and Family Ministries
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 5:01 PM

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Sermon Series: Fulfilled

In Matthew 5:17, Jesus makes clear that he came not to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches his disciples what a "fulfilled" life looks like in practice. In this sermon series, we will be looking at key teachings from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, seeking to understand how Jesus' words apply to our lives today.
Worry is a Bully... Where you Invest your Love you Invest your Life

How does a person not worry and at the same time, not become apathetic to the problems faced personally and socially? Jesus calls us to not worry and yet, also calls us into a life of caring for others. What kind of posture do we adopt to care for the problems of this world without becoming overwhelmed with apathy or despair and instead, participate with God in reconciling this world?

Songs that Made up this Sermon's Title, Part 1

Going Gets Tough by The Growlers

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Songs that Made up this Sermon's Title, Part 2

Awake my Soul by Mumford and Sons

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The Text in Context

A brief, academic and pastoral look at this week's primary scripture - Matthew 6:25-34 by Prof. Emerson Powery.

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1. Worry is ruminating and obsessing over a problem.
2. Jesus was not talking about gaslighting or anxiety disorders
3. "Do not worry..." should not lead to an "apathetic trust in God."
4. Be quick but don't hurry. Be caring but don't worry.
5. Jesus calls us into a life of caring for the suffering, poor and marginalized.
6. Caring the way Jesus instructs is to have "participatory trust in God" and hope in God's reconciliation of all things as a community.
NEXT STEPS:
1. Reflect on where you have the most worry in your life, how does it effect your ability to make decisions?

2. Consider the ways worry has possibly made you apathetic to Christ's calling into care, what does it look like to have a "participatory trust in God" for you?

3. Throughout this week, think through the ways we as a community can work alongside God in the hope of reconciling all things. What does this look like in Simi Valley? Who are the suffering, the poor, and the marginalized in our community that we need to serve?
GROWTH GROUP / PERSONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1. What were some of your first impressions from the scripture passage? How have you heard this passage talked about before?

2. How has worry affected different decisions and situations in your life? How has your own worry or the worry of others' effected your relationships?

3. What does trust in God mean to you? Do you agree with an interpretation of this passage that denies "apathetic trust in God" and encourages "participatory trust in God?" Why or why not?

4. How often do we make excuses for where we place our care in this world? How do we ensure that our caring does not become an excuse for chasing after money and power, but seeking God's righteousness?

5. Jesus continues to call us into a life of caring for those who are suffering and the most marginalized of our society and world. How can we, as a community, live into this action of care and participatory trust in God in order to serve those around us? What does it mean to you to participate in God's work of reconciling all things?

Taking a deeper dive into the message series, StoneBridge Extras helps deepen our discipleship and deepen our understanding of the Bible. StoneBridge Extras will be released within the StoneBridge podcast on Mondays.

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