Running Out - Fearless Teaching #4

Running out, as used here, is a reference to not having enough of those things that are dear to us like time, money, or friends.

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 Four – Woe, Be Gone

Summary Highlights -
- Fear of Running Out (see Mt. 6:25). Worrying about do you have enough time, luck, credit, money, or intelligence doesn’t work (see Mt. 6:25-27).

- Don’t let legitimate concern become toxic panic. Worry is Godless. Worry is the darkroom where negatives become glossy prints.

- We can ask for help (see Lk. 11:9; Jn. 15:7; Mk. 11:24).

- Eight worry stoppers: 1. Pray, first (see I Pet. 5:7); 2. Easy, now (see Ps. 37:7); 3. Act on it. Become a worry slapper. Treat frets like mosquitoes. Be a doer, not a stewer. 4. Compile a worry list. Write down what worries you, and see how many of them really don’t come true.

5. Evaluate your worry categories. Pray specifically about the larger categories of worry. 6. Focus on today. God meets daily needs daily, not weekly, monthly, or annually. 7. Unleash a worry army. Ask trusted pray-ers to pray for you. 8. Let God be enough. See Mt. 6:32-33. P-e-a-c-e-f-u-l .

Discussion Questions and Points –
1. Discuss how you distinguish between legitimate concern and worry.

2. Which part of "p-e-a-c-e-f-u-l" do you need to do the most work on? What will you do to improve in this area?

3. Discuss how mindset can help you with worry.

4. Discuss how actions can help you with worry.

Pastoral Comments -
- When we take our eyes and minds off of God we are bound to become worried about our having enough to meet the challenges of the day. However, the more we focus on God and obey His will, the more we can swat away the mosquitoes of our fears. Let's stay focused on who God is and obeying His will for our lives.

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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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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