Do Not Be Anxious

Another lockdown, 2 millennia ago: what does the apostle Paul write from prison? ‘Do not be anxious. Pray and receive God’s peace.’


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Based on Philippians 4:4-7, this powerful spoken word acknowledges our anxieties in a Covid world, and then reveals a better way to live. 

We’re living in unprecedented times. We’re out of our comfort zone, out of control, filled with mixed up emotions. Where do we turn?

This spoken word takes us to another lockdown two millennia ago. What does the apostle Paul write from a prison cell when he’s threatened by anxiety? ‘Do not be anxious. Pray and receive God’s peace. Rejoice!’

With thoughtful acknowledgements that this may be new language and strange concepts for some, be challenged that what we think and feel about God is important - whether we’re sinking or swimming.

God doesn’t promise an easy life, but he offers something far more solid than finding inner strength: real peace for our anxieties and a better way to live.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • Where or who do you turn to when you feel anxious?
  • What difference do you think God’s peace makes?

Related Bible Reference

  • Philippians 4:4-7


Produced by Scripture Union Northern Ireland

Working with churches, Scripture Union Northern Ireland aims to make God’s good news known to children, young people and families around the world and in Northern Ireland through Schools, Camps & Missions and Training & Resources.

Written and performed by Phil Howe

Phil Howe is the Training & Resources Manager for Scripture Union Northern Ireland. He loves sharing from God’s Word and has a heart for equipping people to open up the Bible for themselves and for others.

Acoustic James Balmer

James Balmer studied Digital Media at Edinburgh Napier University. He is currently doing an internship with Scripture Union Northern Ireland. He has a passion and gifting for videography, graphic design and creating content.

Script and Editing by Mark Moorhead

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