We all face things in life that scare and worry us. But there are also times where the fear and worry don’t go away. They keep awake at night, they disrupt our peace and joy, and leave us making decisions as if the things we fear and worry about have actually already happened. What are we supposed to do when our fears just don’t leave and take a toll on us mentally, emotionally, and physically? Over the next month, we will be taking a look at the most frequent command given in the Bible, “don’t be afraid” and seeing how we can apply what God tells us in the Bible to begin to feel some relief and start to put away the things that keep us scared and anxious.
The fear of rejection is something that most of us encounter through different seasons of life. We have a need to be liked, loved, and wanted. And in and of itself, there is nothing wrong with this desire, but the problem comes when the fear of others matters more to us than what God thinks. We want to follow God, but as soon as it begins to cost us social status or hinders the pursuits of our career, we bail. We've all seen negative things happen to other people and we chose to not do anything because we didn't want the negative attention focused towards us. But this fear will be a stumbling block for us becoming the person God intended us to be. This week, we look at two things that can help change our perspective and recenter our focus on the life God is asking us to live.Watch Message
For Christians, the holy book that shapes their faith and beliefs system stems from the Bible, which claims to be God's words to mankind. But if we are going to pursue in our faith with God, and rearrange our lives, our beliefs, and our values around it, shouldn't we be sure that what's in it is true in the first place? I mean, the Bible was written thousands of years ago in another language and then translated into what we read today. So how do we know that the Bible really is from God, that it wasn't changed when it was translated, and that the things written in it are in fact true. In the last week of our series, Pastor Sean puts the Bible through multiple tests that are commonly used to evaluate the validity of ancient literature and sees how the Bible stacks up.Watch Message