Violently Attacked - Fearless Teaching #8

Violently attacked, as used here, is a reference to painful mistreated. This lesson will discuss how being a Christian doesn't exempt us from something as terrible as being violently attacked.

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 Eight – This Brutal Planet

Summary Highlights -

- Fear of Violence (see Mt. 10:28). Hebrews 11:4,7,35-37 talks about how some saints were tortured to obtain a better resurrection. Good people are not exempt from violence. We are not insulated, nor are we to be intimidated (see Mt. 10:28). Violence can be stopped at the body and kept from the soul.

- Jesus has power over demons. Our courage should be based on spiritual maturity, not police security.

- See Proverbs 29:25; Psalms 91:11; 62:8; 32:7; II Samuel 22:2-3; and Psalms 118:6.

- Evil may have her moments, but they will be brief. Heaven's best (i.e., Jesus) took Hell's worst (i.e., Calvary) and turned it into hope (i.e., resurrection). What men mean for evil God can use for good.

Discussion Questions and Points –
1. Discuss how you deal with the tension between the promises of scripture (see Ps. 91:11; Pro. 29:25) and the experience of violence that you or others have faced.

2. How does the distinction between violence to your body differs from the violence to your soul impact you?

3. Discuss how trusting God to work things out for the good of His people helps you to deal with your fear.

Pastoral Comments –
- Too many of us have experienced being violently attacked in some form or another. Some of our experiences have taken place after we got saved. And unfortunately, if we keep on living, we are sure to experience even more violence. Yet, we are called upon to trust God to somehow work things out for our good.

Let's work on trusting that God is using our pain for a purpose. Prayerful study and obedience with the support of other believers can be helpful.

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 FearFearless: 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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