Not Mattering - Fearless Teaching 2

Not mattering, as used here, is a reference to having no significance.

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 (see below to purchase); however, these class notes will be sufficient for the intended studies.

Chapter Two – The Villagers of Stiltsville
Summary Highlights -

- The Fear of Not Mattering (see Mt. 10:31). There is a deep fear that we don’t matter. College rings, rims on our cars, important people calling our names, silicon breasts, and gold grills may all be attempts to make sure that we are significant.

Some become enmeshed with sports, as a means of being important (i.e., they forget that they are not actually playing football). Some people hang around stars, start foundations, and even have children as ways of being significant.

- Jesus teaches that we have worth (see Matthew 10:29-31). As worthless as sparrows are, they don’t fall from the sky without God’s will. If God cares so much about a sparrow, surely He cares for us - His children. The hairs on our heads are numbered.

Those who feel like sparrows – cubical workers, car poolers, and small apartments – should be encouraged.

- Fight anything that suggests that you are irrelevant. Entertaining such ideas lead to self-fulfilling prophesies. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who does all things well. See Psalms 139:14-18; Ephesians 2:10. God can’t stop thinking about us. We are His creation for good.

Discussion Questions and Points –
1. Discuss how you see people trying to make sure that they have significance. Do you fit into any of these categories?

2. Discuss how the Bible teaches that we have worth.

3. Discuss how the worth that God ascribes to us should impact our living.

Pastoral Comments –
- No matter what the world says, we are already children of God. God cares for us and wants to use us in His service. Let’s work on seeing ourselves as God’s children. Let’s find and perform the good works that He is calling us to do.

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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