with the stress of life; know that they have a choice when it comes to dealing with their stress; know that choosing to trust God with their stress is the right decision even if they don’t understand exactly what God is doing; and that the Holy Spirit is present in their lives to give them peace and comfort.
Week 1: God > stress
Main point: God is greater than any stress or worry we will experience in our lives
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 wild flowers 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! 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. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Week 2: The Choice Is Yours
Main point: We have a choice when it comes to dealing with their stress: We can choose to give in to the worries of this world, or we can choose to focus on Jesus.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Week 3: Choosing to Choose Right
Main point: Choosing to trust God with their stress is the right decision, even if we don’t understand exactly what God is doing.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38
Week 4: Peace > stress
Main point: To remember to seek the Lord and the Holy Spirit’s comfort and peace in times of stress or anxiety.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Stress. It’s a dominant part of your student’s daily life. Stress over schoolwork, sports, jobs, and friends. The pressure to fit in. The pressure to keep their grades up. Not to mention the stress that their home life can cause. Students juggle so many responsibilities and deal with so much pressure and expectations. How can we lead them to deal with stress in a godly, Christ-centered way? Good thing Jesus had a ton to say about this.
Our next four weeks will help students to trust God