Red Letter Questions, Part 4: Worry
October 23, 2022 / Luke 12:22–32
Part 4: “Who of You by Worrying Can Add a Single Hour to Your Life?”
Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor
a worry is the first step in worry.
The Red-Letter Question in Luke 12:25:
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”
The Truth About Worry
Worry is futile and nothing more than (Luke 12:25-31)
Worry is momentary practical (Matthew 6:25-34)
Worry chooses “” over Jesus and his sovereignty
Worry is locked in the world of “what if.”
Faith lives in the world of “.”
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard you hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
At the root of all worry is . The driver of worry is .
Worry is not
Worry is devastated by (Matthew 14:32-33)
In the face of worry you have sovereign protection in the gifting of…
A – Luke 12:22–28
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!”
A – Luke 12:29–30
29 “And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.”
A – Luke 12:31–32
31 “But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”
Small Group Questions
- It’s been months with no rain here in the Pacific Northwest. Are you ready for the rain? Why or why not?
- What happens in your physical body when you are caught up in worry?
- What is your answer to the red-letter question?
- How does the biblical truth about worry affect your perspective on the worry in your life?
- What do you need to speak Jesus over in your life right now? Do it!
- How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?