Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things arenoble, whatever things arejust, whatever things arepure, whatever things arelovely, whatever things are of good report, if there isany virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
CG Discussion Points
- What is anxiety and how can we overcome it? Explain the importance of prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving in this context. (Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:6-8; 1 John 5:14-15)
- What is the connection between joy and praise? (Philippians 4:4; Hebrews 13:15; Psalm 121:1-3; Psalm 37:4)
- What is the true meaning of meditation? How does it relate to the peace of God? (Philippians 4:7-9; Philippians 4:19; Romans 8:32)
- Describe a personal example of when awareness of God’s covenant helped you to suppress anxiety and preserve God’s peace. (Psalm 89:33-35; Joshua 21:43-45)