Sermon Resources: Anxiety and Wholeness

On June 4th, we kicked off our summer sermon series, Becoming Whole. During this series, John is defining wholeness as an undivided, integrated life.  We are considering what it means to be broken — or what happens when our public, exterior life is divided from our interior emotional and spiritual lives — and how we become whole again by living with God from the inside out. This past Sunday (July 23rd), John preached on anxiety and wholeness.


Here the quote from the sermon:


“Anxiety is different from the phenomenon of panic attacks, where people are hit suddenly with dramatic symptoms that make them think they are having a heart attack or other imminent crisis. Anxiety can be experienced in ways that make its presence unmistakable to us. But most of our everyday or chronic, anxiety happens beyond our awareness, so that we are not conscious of how much it controls our functioning…Anxiety is less tangible and more amorphous than fear. For this reason, we feel a lack of control…anxiety is the result of being (or feeling) out of control and not knowing what is going on.” ~Richardson


Additional Reading Resources:

  • Palmer, Parker. A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life.
  • Richardson, Ronald. Creating a Healthier Church.
  • Siegel and Bryson. The Whole Brained Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind.
  • Thompson, Curt. Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections Between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices that can Transform your Life and Relationships.

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