Bad Things - Fearless Teaching #13
Bad things may or may not happen. However, fearing the possibility of them happening does not help anything.
Introduction: I believe this series of studies will help us be stronger disciples of Jesus Christ. A key idea throughout this series is to be fearless (i.e., in relation to this world) and faithful (i.e., in relation to God’s will). This series of teachings is based on the above mentioned book (By Max Lucado. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2009).
The format of the teaching will feature summary highlights of the chapter, some discussion questions and points, and pastoral comments. Students are encouraged to purchase the book; however, these class notes will be sufficient for the intended studies.
Chapter Thirteen – What If Things Get Worst?
Summary Highlights -
- Fear of Global Calamity (see Matthew 24:6). Bad things are likely to happen in our lifetimes, as they have in others. Yet we have the option to simply trust God. We don’t have to be controlled by fear (see Lk. 24:4-9).
- There will be many deceived and many deceivers. Filter all messages through what is said about Christ (see I Jn. 2:22-23). Calamity will cause many to fall away (see Mt. 24:9-12), don't join this crowd.
- Learn to trust that God will work things out for the good of His people, somehow. "Real courage embraces the twin realities of current difficulty and ultimate triumph … Everything will work out in the end. If it's not working out, it's not the end (p. 157; see Ps. 37:7).” Find the middle ground between blind denial and blatant panic (see Rev. 2:10).
- Don't be like the Titanic that sunk significantly because of poor rivets. That is, make sure the rivets of your faith are secure with regular prayerful Bible study, worship, and fellowship.
Discussion Questions and Points –
1. Discuss how the following statement impacts you: "Bad things are likely to happen in our lifetimes, as they have in others. Yet we have the option to simply trust God."
2. Discuss how the “Jesus test” of I John 2:22-23 relates to the energy that is often spent in churches criticizing those who are not like us.
3. Discuss how the following statement impacts you: "Don't be like the Titanic that sunk significantly because of poor rivets. That is, make sure the rivets of your faith are secure with regular prayerful Bible study, worship, and fellowship."
Pastoral Comments –
- As much as we may want to tell people that things are getting better on the Earth, the reality is that for many, things are getting worst. However, for believers, if God doesn’t change things for us on this Earth, we believe that we have another life to live, where everything will be alright. Let's work on trusting God, even when we don't understand His actions or inactions.
Conclusion: It is my prayer that this material has not simply been interesting. The hope is that you have prayerfully studied it and engaged in some serious soul searching. The ultimate aim is for us to be doers of God’s will – mature disciples of Christ.
Let’s continue to work on being both fearless (i.e., in relation to this world) and faithful (i.e., in relation to God’s will). God has much for those who obey His will.
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||Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear
By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson
Fear is like an invisible prison. It holds you captive, influencing your choices and perceptions about life, God, and other people. Can you imagine what your life would be like without fear? With so much going wrong in the world it can seem hard to picture. In Fearless, Max Lucado author of 3:16: The Numbers of Hope, and pastor of Oak Hills Church, shows you how life can be lived with confidence and joy, when you replace your fear with faith. Let this inspiring and timely message encourage your heart today!
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