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Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

May 2, 2023

Ira Glass, host and producer of the radio and television series This American Life once interviewed an Orthodox Jew by the name of Meyer Silber. A portion of the interview uncovered an uncomfortable reality about our anxiety regarding God. Here's a part of the conversation.

Ira: Do you obey the commandments [of the Jewish Law] out of fear that something bad will happen to you if you don't?
Meyer: I would say that I do, to be honest.
Ira: What's the bad thing that would happen?
Meyer: I guess maybe it's a fear of not knowing. The fear of not belonging, sort of like abandonment. That maybe with my abandonment of God, God would abandon me, and I would be alone, and I would be responsible for myself. [Whereas] if I can go and do the things that God wants, God is with me.

Meyer's words perfectly articulate a feeling of anxiety that many people, including a large number of Christians, have regarding their relationship with God. There is this constant underlying fear that God doesn't really have our back and that we have to manipulate Him to bless us. This feeling is called spiritual anxiety.  

Here's the good news: Jesus wants to help move us from spiritual anxiety to spiritual freedom. Listen to a few words he shares with people who are dealing with spiritual anxiety:

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." ~ Matthew 11:28-29

Those last few words are full of so much hope, "you will find rest for your souls". Where does so much of our anxiety reside? It resides deep in our souls, especially when we wrestle with our relationship with God.

In this sermon we are going to learn from Jesus how we can move from a spiritual system of anxiety and live free in a place of grace and love. Take a few minutes and give it a listen, I know you will find it to be helpful!