Fear

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Sermon Series Introduction

A little girl who has just mastered the skill of pedaling her bicycle without those clanking training wheels. She feels confident as she beams through missing teeth, “Daddy, I’m doing it!” And then it happens; not that same day, nor the next. But almost two weeks later, she falls. This isn’t like one of those little falls that she had as she first learned to balance. This is a bad fall; a 7 band-aid fall. And just like that, the confident beam is gone. The blissful freedom that she enjoyed has been stolen from her and has been replaced with the smothering cloud of fear.

Fear isn’t just the enemy of little girls and boys learning to ride bikes. Fear is a hateful beast that haunts all of us, no matter who we are. Sometimes ​it’s subtle, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s rational, and sometimes it’s just not. But one thing is constant: fear is a reality for us because we are finite. We are limited in our knowledge and abilities. We just don’t know everything! We know a fraction about the past, less about the present, and the future is just a dream. When we reach the end of our knowledge, these powerful minds – God-given, yet cursed by sin – slip into the “The Land of Possibilities” and torture us with what “could” happen. Pastor David Jeremiah said, “Our greatest fear is the conditional might—the threat of what might happen. Fear trades in the market of possibility. Or even impossibility—for fear is the tyrant of the imagination. It imposes itself upon us from the shadows, from its hazy mirror of maybe.” So it’s​ not only the endless list of phobias that we’re concerned with, rather the fears that keep us up at night. The fears that rob us of our joy and steal our peace. The fears that cause us to sin against God and each other. These fears that destroy our lives are all around us, rushing in like unrelenting flood waters, drowning out our hope.

So the question becomes, “how do we deal with this basic and seemingly unconquerable enemy of fear? Are we all doomed?” Well, according to God the Father and His perfect Son, Jesus the answer is simple: “Fear not​.” Some people might be thinking, “That’s easy for them to say, their infinite! They know everything and can do everything!” This sermon series is intended to help us understand why our gracious and compassionate God would say something like that to His beloved, yet exceedingly worrisome creation. We will also take a glimpse into His heart as we study the lives of Esther and Ruth, two women who had every reason to fear.

Sermons

Congregations:
Date Title Scripture Preacher Sermon
August 27, 2017West Sermon 8.27.17Ruth 4Noah Madsen
August 27, 2017The Fear of the Lord and the Freedom From FearJohn 14:1Brad Snyder
August 27, 2017Renewed by a RedeemerRuth 4Joe Byler
August 27, 2017East Sermon 8.27.17Ruth 4:13-17Aaron Lockhart
August 21, 2017West Sermon 8.20.17Ruth 3Chris Lawson
August 20, 2017Care for the DetailsRuth 3Mason Good
August 20, 2017The Provision of a RedeemerRuth 3Joe Byler
August 20, 2017At the Feet of the RedeemerRuth 3Aaron Lockhart
August 13, 2017West Sermon 8.13.17Ruth 2John Rush
August 13, 2017Tri-Village Sermon 8.13.17Ruth 2Jeremy Hart
August 13, 2017Wings of RefugeRuth 2Christopher Stollar
August 13, 2017Surprised by GraceRuth 2Paul Allen
August 6, 2017West Sermon 8.6.17Ruth 1Chris Lawson
August 6, 2017Faithfulness of GodRuth 1Brad Snyder
August 6, 2017When Everything You Love Is Taken From YouRuth 1Joe Byler
August 6, 2017The Bitterness of God’s ProvidenceRuth 1Aaron Lockhart
July 30, 2017A Gospel ReversalEsther 5-10Wes Thompson
July 30, 2017Stepping out in Faith When God Seems AbsentEsther 5-10Joe Byler
July 30, 2017The Unchanging Presence of GodEsther 5-10Aaron Lockhart
July 30, 2017The Master of the MundaneEsther 5-10Brad Snyder
July 23, 2017West Sermon 7.23.17Esther 1-4Wes Thompson
July 23, 2017When Fears Are Big and God Is SmallEsther 1-4Brad Snyder
July 23, 2017When God Seems Absent and Everything Is Against YouEsther 1-4Joe Byler
July 23, 2017When God Seems to Be AbsentEsther 1-4Aaron Lockhart
July 16, 2017Fear, Faith, and PeaceJohn 14Aaron Lockhart
July 16, 2017Fear and AnxietyMatthew 10:24-33Geoff Davis
July 16, 2017West Sermon 7.16.17John 14:1Wes Thompson
July 16, 2017Battling Fear with BeliefJohn 14:1Chris Lawson
July 9, 2017The Sinful Emotion of FearMatthew 10:24-33Wes Thompson
July 9, 2017East Sermon 7.9.17Matthew 10:24-32Aaron Lockhart
July 9, 2017Fear and AnxietyMatthew 10:24-33Geoff Davis
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