Due to a technical difficulty, last Sunday’s sermon on “Joy in Anxiety” through Philippians 4:4-9 wasn’t recorded.
However, because there seems to be great interest in diving deeper into this topic, I’d like to offer a few extra resources you might want to dig into to help you understand worry and anxiety from a Christian worldview perspective.
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper
Since Philippians 4:8 challenged us to think upon the things that are most true, good, and beautiful—namely, the things of Christ Jesus—I thought it appropriate to recommend my favorite little book on the very nature and character of Jesus.
Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest by Edward T. Welch
“Welch investigates the roots of fear in the human soul and the ramifications of living in the grips of anxiety, worry, and dread. The good news is that God provides both the remedy and the cure for this malady in the person of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, and through powerful, life-altering promises in Scripture.
Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry by Amy Simpson
“Our culture is frantic with worry… Worry is part of our culture, an expectation of responsible people… Correctly understanding the theology of worry is critical to true transformation. This is a book not just for people who worry; this is a call to the church to turn its eyes from the things of earth and fix its eyes on the author and completer of our faith.”
Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter by Michael Lundy and J.I. Packer
This book presents 17th-century pastor Richard Baxter’s wise, gentle advice to comfort and strengthen all who struggle with depression and anxiety or know someone who does.
Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for Those Who Suffer from Depression by Zack Eswine
“Here Zack Eswine draws from C.H Spurgeon, ‘the Prince of Preachers’ experience to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. Eskwine brings you here, not a self–help guide, rather ‘a handwritten note of one who wishes you well.’
My Name Is Hope: Anxiety, Depression, and Life After Melancholy by John Mark Comer
“This is the story of one follower of Jesus who went through the horrors of anxiety and depression and came out the other side. [Comer] speaks needed truth into the over-stressed, over-medicated reality of our lives and culture. It is a book that will awaken and guide many towards a return home to the hope that is ours in Jesus.”
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Dealing with Difficult Problems (R.C. Sproul)
What do you do when you lose your job? When your spouse betrays you? When the news of the world causes great anxiety? All of us deal with different difficult problems. The question is, how will we respond? Dr. Sproul offers wise biblical counsel to help us as we face life’s difficulties, pointing us to the sovereignty of God and the sufficiency of Christ.
Fear and Faith (Trillia Newbell)
Fear can be a tyrant, a bully we can’t hide from. It can paralyze our spirit, damage our relationships, and hinder our faith. Whatever your fear, in this study you will realize you are not alone, nor are you without hope. You have the One who can calm your fears, grow your faith, and give the peace your heart craves.