Disappointing God - Fearless Teaching #3

"Disappointing God," as used here is a reference to not meeting the expectation that God has for you.

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 Three – God’s Ticked Off at Me

Summary Highlights -
– Fear of Disappointing God (see Mt. 9:2). Some people keep replaying their failures in their minds over and over again, year after year. God sees our failures, without seeing us as failures. Shame about what we have done or failed to do along with worry about the consequences of such can lead to fear of our out sinning God’s patience.

- Matthew 9:2 starts with courage and then sin. Sin is a bigger problem than lame legs. Mismanaged fear often leads to sin and then trying to hide from God. We may try to hide in 80 hour work weeks, church busyness, or temper tantrums.

- God is disappointed with our sins, but He doesn’t abandon us. See Colossians 1:13; John 3:18; 6:40; I John 5:13. God’s perfect love should expel our fear (see I Jn. 4:18). His love casts off our fears, because it casts off our sins. God’s word trumps our feelings of self-criticism (see I Jn. 3:20). See Titus 2:11,15.

- Understanding grace fosters courage. Ignoring mercy fosters fear. Confess, accept, and then live as a forgiven person (see I Jn. 1:9).

Discussions Questions and Points –
1. What can you share regarding your experiences with thinking that your sins are too much for God to forgive?

2. Discuss your understanding of how God can be disappointed with your sins without abandoning you.

3. Discuss how grace and love are available to destroy our fear and nurture our faith.

Pastoral Comments –
- It is no secret that we have sin in our lives that should not be there. God still hates sin. But thank God, He loves sinners. Instead of trying to hide or do anything contrary to God’s will, we should simply confess, receive, and move on with our lives. Let’s work on both living godly lives and then confessing, receiving, and moving on with our lives, when we do sin.

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.

921391: Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear 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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