Overcoming My Worries
God wants us to overcome our worries and fears by committing our problems to
Him, and then to trust Him to help and guide us, and provide our needs.
For each young person:
A printed copy of the Study Sheet below.
Bibles or printed out copies of Philippians 4:1-23.
Pens or pencils.
Click here for the Study Sheet
Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Paul shows that our worries should be replaced by thanksgiving, and any
discontentment by trusting in God. He gives three keys to being content
and having joy in our lives by: Right Praying, Right Thinking and Right Living.
Paul's Situation and Advice:
Divide the group into small teams of three to five people. Let them
discuss the following the Study Sheet questions. A set of possible
answers are given as a guide for the teens.
- What does it mean to have the "secret of being content" to overcome our problems?
- What five "Right Praying" things does Paul suggest we include in our prayers (v6-7)?
Don't be anxious, pray about everything, ask and petition God, be thankful and present your requests to God.
- In what practical ways can you change your prayer life to imitate Paul's?
- What six "Right Thinking" things does Paul say we need to fill our minds with (v8)?
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is admirable.
- In what practical ways can you change your thought life to imitate Paul's?
- What is the secret of "Right Living" (v9 and see James 1:22)?
- Give two results of Right Praying, Thinking and Living.
Being content in every situation, and being able to do all things in Christ.
When the teams are finished, let them select a team member to report back the
team's findings. Record the consensus on the whiteboard and discuss any
points that need clarification.
Get the teens to sit apart from one another and then prayerfully evaluate
themselves as to their fears, worries and problems, and what they need to do
to address them.
Conclude with a prayer for action and that the teens will take to heart what
they have studied and need to do or change in their lives.