Sermons

Responding To A Crisis: Faith or Fear?

September 5, 2021 Speaker: Mark Redfern Series: Renewal

Topic: AM Sermon Passage: Nehemiah 2:1–2:20

“Responding To A Crisis: Faith or Fear?”
Nehemiah 2:1-20
  1. We can respond to a crisis by walking with God through faith (2:1-8). 
A. Faith means we devote significant time to ______________ with God (2:1). 
B. Faith means we wait on an ___________________ from God (2:2).
C. Faith means we wade into the crisis in ___________________ on God (2:3-4).
D. Faith means we speak the truth and leave the _________________ to God (2:5-8). 
E. Faith means we recognize the___________________ of God (2:8c).
  1. We can respond to a crisis by fighting against God through fear (2:9-20).  
A. Fear means we panic at the perceived loss of ____________________________(2:9-10).
B. Fear means we recruit others to join us in our _____________________ (2:19a).
C. Fear means we __________________of others who are doing things we don’t like (2:19b).
D. Fear means we ___________________ to achieve our outcome (2:19c).
E. Fear means we ___________________ the narrative by assuming motives and assigning ill-intent (2:19d).
Application Questions
  1. In what ways are you tempted to respond to a crisis in fear? How does that show up and play out in your life? How is Nehemiah’s example of faith instructive as a counter-response?
  2. What specific aspects of the behavior of Sanballat and Tobiah do you find in yourself? What else would you add that was not mentioned? 
  3. How does Jesus help us move from faith to fear, both in his example for and in his promises to us? Be specific, and apply them to your specific temptations. 
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