A New Start with a Fresh Set of Worries to Come With It

I am so excited for the fall and am glad that it is finally here.  There are so many wonderful things that come with a new season but there seems to be even more with fall. Fall is a time when things seem to reset. There's often a sense that we are getting a do over. The only other time of the year where there is a feeling of a fresh start comes on January 1st.  I am sure that this is due to the many years we spent in school where fall marked the beginning of a new year, new possibilities, a new set of worries, new hopes, fears, friends, and opportunities. This fall have a whole list of new opportunities for you to start afresh in your journey with Christ at Central Assembly. There are going to be some great classes offered, great ministry opportunities available, and some amazing growth that I know will happen in the lives of people who passionately pursue God this fall.  This could be your reset button and we are asking you to step out in faith and push it with us.

This fall we have started a new Sunday School class that will look at a variety of topics over the coming months but we have started with one that I believe plagues us all at some point in our lives. WORRY.  Many of us have things that we worry about. Some worry more than others but worry does seem to be a part of all our lives.

As great as a new season can be it often comes with a whole new list of worries that bombard us and and take away precious minutes of our life.  With the fall comes the worries of a new school year for our kids; will they be bullied, will they pass their classes, will they be drawn into a lifestyle that isn't God honoring due to peer pressure? Or maybe it is worry about the fact that there are only three and a half months left of the year and the things that need to be finished at work or in our personal lives don't line up with the amount of time left to accomplish them.  Maybe we are consumed with worry for our favorite college football team when they are faced with a tough loss. (nah, that one probably isn't real high on the list of worries, but it is still tough.)

Maybe it's the fact that it is Monday and the worries of a new work week are weighing heavy on you; or the fact that it is both Monday and it happens to be the 10th of the month (when most bills/accounting/payroll are due for small businesses) and you are not sure where the money is going to come from to pay the people that you need to. There are so many things that we allow ourselves to worry about about in the course of a day, a week, a year,  and a lifetime. But God has not given us a spirit of fear or cause to be anxious about anything. In fact his word tells us that we are to be anxious about nothing. (anxious is another word for worry)

The list of worries can be long and it can weigh us down if we let it.  This last week, in our Sunday School Class, we heard from Andy Stanley in the first of a three week series looking at worry and what Christ had to say about it.  (I encourage you, if you are able to, to join us next Sunday for another message from Andy Stanley about worry at 9am) This week, we were challenged to read through Matthew 6:24-30 each day  and meditate on this topic of worry.

I would like to take it one step further and ask you to read all of Matthew Chapter 6. Even though the rest of the chapter is dealing with other issues such as fasting, prayer, hypocrisy and giving to the needy I think that there is a common thread that we can look at that runs through all of them that will deepen our understanding of what Christ is saying specifically about worry.

So before I dive too deep into chapter 6 I would love to see what things you are seeing in this chapter that might help us to deal with our worry and see how the context of this amazing sermon of Christ only helps to guide us further in our understanding of worry in our life and how we are to deal with it.

I am excited for the journey ahead of us this fall and hope that you will join me on this journey.  We will be discussing and thinking about this topic and others this fall here on the blog and on facebook. In addition to this thread for this class we will also be having a discussion for those of you in my Wednesday Night class, The Truth Project. Please consider being a part of the discussions. I can't wait to see where God will take us in this new season; Fall.