Faith in an Anxious World



We all face anxiety.

It's our body's "natural response to stress." (1)


In moments or periods of danger, anxiety can help us cautiously assess what's going on in or around us as well as navigate through the unfamiliar or scary terrain.


Some of us face anxiety more than others. Perhaps your anxiety is more of a foe than a friend. Leaning more towards a hurt than a help, a defeat rather than a delivery.


You or someone you know may even be diagnosed as depressed.

Sometimes, anxiety and depression come hand-in-hand. Other times, they're completely separate.


Regardless, this is real for all of us.


A recent study found that seventy percent of your peers consider anxiety and depression to be a “major problem” among your generation. (2)


This Monday night, March 30th, we'll take an extended break from our series on the book of Acts to focus on anxiety. Our new series Faith in an Anxious World will focus on:


  1. Life in an anxious world. (March 30)

  2. Life in a relational world. (April 06)

  3. Life in a hurting world. (April 13)

  4. Life in a hopeful world. (April 20)


We strongly encourage you to invite your friends this monday night.


We've found that your non-church friends are more willing to attend a digital service before attending an in-person youth night. (For example, Monday's service has been watched 136 times so far.) It's a little less intimidating to watch a YouTube Livestream than it is to show up to a large gathering of people that, for the most part, you don't know.


Even some of your friends who are already a part of a local church community may not, in this season, have regular access to their church community and youth group.


Now more than ever, your friends are looking for community and for answers to what's going on in the world. So, we encourage you: send a text. Post an invite on your Story. Give your friends an opportunity to find hope and belonging in a local community of Jesus.


Join us for Digital Youth Night this Monday night:

  • Preservice Dinner via Zoom, 6:00pm (Meeting ID: 542-499-600)

  • YouTube Live, 6:30pm

  • Zoom Groups, immediately after the YouTube Livestream

  • Also, be sure to participate in the Weekly Video Challenge


From Paul's letter to the church in Rome,


"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit."


Citations


(1) Holland, Kimberly, "Anxiety: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and More." Healthline, Healthline Media, 13 Feb. 2020, www.healthline.com/health/anxiety


(2) Karen Zraick, “Teenagers Say Depression and Anxiety Are Major Issues Among Their Peers,” The New York Times Online, Feb. 26, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/health/teenage-depression-statistics. html, and the referenced Pew Research Center study, Juliana Menasce Horowitz and Nikki Graf, “Most U.S. Teens See Anxiety and Depression as a Major Problem Among Their Peers,” Feb. 20, 2019, https://www. pewsocialtrends.org/2019/02/20/most-u-s-teens-see-anxiety-and-depression-as-a-major-problem-among- their-peers/.

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