Responding To A Crisis: Faith or Fear?
September 5, 2021 Speaker: Mark Redfern Series: Renewal
Topic: AM Sermon Passage: Nehemiah 2:1–20
“Responding To A Crisis: Faith or Fear?”
- 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).
- 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 ____________________________(
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).
- 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?
- What specific aspects of the behavior of Sanballat and Tobiah do you find in yourself? What else would you add that was not mentioned?
- 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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