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Fear<Less

1/6/2019 – 2/17/2019

We all experience a measure of anxiety, worry or fear in our lives. We may fear heights, or spiders or speaking in public. We worry about our children, careers, money or health. Sometimes we fear those who are different; we fear the future, rejection, aging or our own mortality. Among the most frequently repeated statements in all of scriptures is, “Do not be afraid.” But how do we overcome worry, anxiety and fear? How can we live unafraid, fearless? In our sermon series fear<less, we will explore how our fears and anxieties can imprison or paralyze us, and instead, how to live a life that is not controlled by fear. With insight and comfort from the Christian faith and spiritual practices, we will search together for inner peace and strength. Based on the book Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times by Adam Hamilton.

January 6 – Paralyzed by Fear – Numbers 13:1-2, 13:17-14:10
January 13 – Fear of the Other – Genesis 4:1-9
January 20 – Fear of Rejection – Mark 2:1-12
January 27 – Fear of Illness – Matthew 6:26-34
February 10 – Fear of a Bleak Future – John 5:1-9
February 17 – Fear of the Lord – Matthew 8:23-27

Sermons will be added here as they become available.

fearless - fear of the lord

Fear of the Lord

Living a fearless life, is not living without fear; it is having less fear. That’s what that mathematical symbol for less is doing in our sermon series title! Today we are going to concentrate on facing our fears with hope and releasing our cares to God. To do this, we are going to think about what it means to live in ‘fear of the Lord.’ (Matthew 8:23-27)

fearless - fear of a bleak future

Fear of a Bleak Future

Today we are going to think about several different ways that we worry about the future, and what we can do to fear less. There is a time when appropriate to listen to fears as a warning signal; but if we are not careful those fears can also leave us missing out on a better life. (John 5:1-9)

fearless - fear of rejection

Fear of Rejection

Do you ever fear personal failure? Have you ever been told that what you are doing is doomed to fail and that your failure means that you are a loser? The fear of failure and the accompanying shame and stigma is one of the most prevalent human fears. One of the consequences of feeling rejected or our fear of rejection can be loneliness. (Mark 2:1-12)

fearless - fear of the other

Fear of the Other

Today, we are going to think about groups of people that threaten our safety or that we are in some way afraid of. Fear of others can lead to hatred towards them, and hatred can lead us to do some terrible things. This morning’s scripture tells of the first Biblical story of violence and inhumanity towards a fellow human. (Genesis 4:1-9)

fearless - paralyzed by fear

Paralyzed by Fear

Our brains are made a certain way so that we can respond to threats. We call it the fight or flight response. And that is good when there really is a threat. But fear can also be felt about things that likely will never happen. Fear often manifests itself as anxiety and stress, which can in turn lead to heart problems. Fear can be behind depression and addiction and broken relationships. Fear can lead to prejudice and hatred and war. Scripture tells us “Do not fear.” (Numbers 13:1-2, 13:17-14:10)