Worst Case - Fearless Teaching #7

"Worst case," as used here,is a reference to thinking about how terribly wrong a situation can end up being. For example, when a loved one doesn't call as expected you, you automatically assume that something bad must have happened to him/her.

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 Seven – There's a Dragon in My Closet
Summary Highlights -
- Fear of Worst Case Scenarios (see Mk 14:33). There is a short steep step between prudence and paranoia. Prudence wears a seat belt. Paranoia avoids cars. The author talks about two daughters. One jumps into a pool into the arms of her trusted father, and the other is too afraid to take the leap.

- Jesus was very disturbed about going to Calvary (see Mk. 14:35-36; Mt. 26:42, 44). But yet He was willing to do His Father's will.

- The author talks about fearlessly driving in the lap of his father, as a child. We are in a similar situation, through prayer. Learn the power of praying about those things that we are afraid of. Calling your issues out by name to the Lord is empowering to the pray-er.

A healthy church is where our fears go to die. The church should be a place where we can strip our fears of their mysterious power over us. Scripture, confession, worship, and prayer are so powerful. Develop some prayer partners who you can share your fears with.

- Our problems are God's possibilities (see Rom. 8:28).

Discussion Questions and Points –
1. Discuss how you distinguish between prudence and paranoia.

2. Discuss how you have had some episode in your life of asking God to take something away but yet expressed your willingness to experience, if it was God's will.

3. How can you help your church be a place where fears go to die?

4. How does Romans 8:28 minister to you, as it relates to you facing bad situations?

Pastoral Comments –
- As has been repeated in this study, there are many things that just don't make good sense to us. If we had our way, we would never allow some of the negative situations that we face to happen.

But we are not in charge. Our best option is to learn how to trust God in prayer. Praying doesn't automatically make circumstances better, but it can help us deal with the circumstances better. Let's work on conquering fear of worst case scenarios with prayer.

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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