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Feb 1, 2018

ILMS 44 – Developing a Theology of Anxiety

*This podcast is not a replacement for local mental health resources. Please seek counseling or other local resources you have available to address any mental health concern.


4 Part Anxiety Series:

Episode 42 – Distinguishing Fear, Worry, and Anxiety

Episode 43 - Defining Anxiety: A Recontextualization

Today - Developing a Theology of Anxiety

Episode 45 – Practical Tools for Anxiety


Why a theological framework

  • psychology will never adjust our view of the Bible
  • the Bible will always accurately reflect the struggle, and the Truth in life and in science, including the subject of psychology
  • God’s creation, redemption, and restoration effects how we view anxiety and mental health


Created by God

The Relationship of Fear, Sin, and Shame (Genesis 3)

  • We want to cover sin, whether it’s ours or just sin in the broken world
  • Stress and eustress
  • Developed by God, overdeveloped by Satan
  • We can present all of it before God, the good, bad, and ugly
  • Creation response + makes us aware of our brokenness


Values of God v. the world                           

World – perfect answers, safety and protection, personal control, solutions, stuff, knowing, now, peace and peace on earth, escaping struggle and suffering,

God – seeking and discovery, risk with his protection, acknowledging His control, the journey, people, being known, eternity and the grand plan, peace through the storm, what is happening because of the struggle and suffering


Redeemed by Christ – the Theology of Glory and the Theology of the Cross/Suffering

  • You can do better, think better, be better v. God is working in this
  • Relying on the Spirit and the Body of Christ
  • Naked and unashamed in the wrestling (Genesis 2:25) with Christ


The community context

  • The Body is not secondary
  • Always experiencing Scriptures message and life in our relationship with God and one another


How do you see Scripture misapplied in mental health and other struggles?

What Scripture do you find helpful in spiritual care of mental health?



Philippians 4:4-7

1 Peter 5:6-10

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