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Pastor Eugene concludes The Fear Series by teaching part two on "The Fear of Failure". He shares ten practical and tangible responses to combat the Fear of Failure:
1) Have Perspective: Failure is not our final destination. God is bigger than our failures.
2) Turn to God, first and foremost
3) Beware of excuses, because we can convince ourselves to believe in our own excuses. Do not beautify or settle with mediocrity, because we deserve better.
4) Examine if we need to repent. Rather than view repentance in a negative light, repentance is God’s expression of His love for us and his desire for us to improve our ways.
5) Learn. Learn. Learn. We must learn from our mistakes and failures.
6) Watch the company we keep, as our social networks impacts and shapes our lives.
7) Vision. Mission. Trajectory. We should examine our lives and focus on the important things in our lives.
8) We must guard our hearts and our minds from negativity and self-defeating mindsets.
9) Rejoice and celebrate in our triumphs.
10) Develop a new song, a new culture and a new heart.
Preached On: September 23rd, 2012
Pastor Eugene resumes The Fear Series with the "Fear of Failure". He notes that everyone, in some level or another, has experienced failures, drawing from examples from his own life and in the lives of iconic historical and Biblical figures. He notes two different forms of this fear of failure. Some allow this fear to become a visitor in their lives, a passing season. However, this fear can root and become a companion in our lives—so much so that we give it a permanent place in our lives. We must not allow the fear of failure to dictate our actions and shape our lives. The good news is that stories do not end with our failures. God calls us to bigger and greater things.
Preached On: September 16th, 2012
Quest welcomes the Pastor of "Glocal" Ministries candidate, Liz VerHage. She teaches from the book of Amos, covering the call towards justice and compassion. She shares that:
God is inviting us,
to move toward suffering and hope,
to be part of the transformation that happens both in us and through us,
as God's redeeming work throughout the world makes all things right.
- Length: 28:12 minutes (11.46 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (VBR)
Preached On: September 9th, 2012
Pastor Eugene continues The Fear Series with the "Fear of Disappointment and Disappointing". He states that this is probably the most applicable sermon in this series, because we have all been disappointed by someone and have disappointed someone. He continues by saying that disappointment is caused by the inherent nature of relationships. All relationships come with expectations, and Pastor Eugene argues that having healthy expectations is a necessity. We must have expectations of one another, including expectations of God. In the same way, God has expectations for us. Over time, relationships bring disappointment, failure, doubt, loneliness, etc. Despite the inevitable nature of these things, we must not be discouraged and not let these things defeat us. We must not let the fear of disappointing ______ supersede our obedience to God. Pastor Eugene also references the phrase "the grass is greener on the other side". He confirms the validity of that statement, saying that somewhere out there, someone has a better ______ than you. Rather than being discouraged or envious, it may be God's way of convicting us to change the "______" in our lives. We must remember that God knows everything about us, yet he still loves us and cares for us.
Preached On: September 2nd, 2012
Pastor Gail continues The Fear Series, covering "The Fear of Loneliness". She covers several examples of loneliness, then draws a distinction of being alone and being lonely. Being alone is usually a temporal situation and is actually healthy in certain seasons of our lives. Conversely, being lonely is a deep sense of longing and despair. She challenges us to live with a positive attitude, rather than living a life informed by fears--a false reality (or "movie") that we create for ourselves, based on our fears. Pastor Gail offers two profound points:
1) We are never alone--God is with us.
2) Our relationships do not have to be extravagant.
We may not have a soul mate or the quintessential BFF, but God has placed people in our lives. Pastor Gail challenges us to look at the people around us and ask ourselves why we choose to ignore these relationships. We must step out of our comfort zone and initiate conversations and relationships. We must seek these healthy relationships, as they can empower us to do greater things that we could ever have done by ourselves.
Preached On: August 26th, 2012
Pastor Ray continues The Fear Series with the "Fear of the Unknown", drawing from the passage of Luke 5 and personal experiences. The fear of the unknown is a natural reaction to seasons of change in our lives, and the answer to overcoming this fear lies in faith. Much like the disciples in this passage, we must nurture our faith in the "shallow waters", so that we are able to take the leap of faith when God asks us to move into the "deeper waters"--times when we may feel overwhelmed. Pastor Ray notes that despite the ever-changing nature of our lives, God never changes--giving us a firm foundation.
He offers four Biblical truths, in response to this fear:
1) God is always with us
2) God gives us faith companions through community
3) God is always making all things new--opening new possibilities and opportunities
4) The Christian life is a life of faith
Preached On: August 19th, 2012
Reverend Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil continues The Fear Series with the topic, "The Fear of the Other", touching on questions like: "Who is My Neighbor?". She draws from Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan, drawing parallels with how we may treat foreign situations and people. Rather than deny the humanity of "the others" by ignoring their presence, she challenges us to take compassion and take action.
Preached On: August 12th, 2012
Pastor Eugene continues The Fear Series with the topic, "The Fear of Death". He covers the following topics:
1) Why death scares us
2) Why death exists and where it originated
3) Why we should not fear death
Pastor Eugene concludes his sermon with insight on people's most common regrets on their deathbeds:
1) That they could not serve god more fully
2) That they did not spend more times with their loved ones
He encourages us not to wait until it is too late and cherish those around us and to actively find ways to further God's Kingdom.
Preached On: August 5th, 2012
Pastor Ray continues The Fear Series with "The Fear of Rejection". He covers three main topics:
1) Our common experiences and examples of the fear of rejection
2) The theology of how God can redeem rejection and use it for His good purpose and ours
3) How our faith in God can overcome the paralyzing fear of rejection
Pastor Ray encourages us to not become disheartened by rejection. God has a great calling and direction for our lives and these rejections steer us towards this path. It is imperative that we remember God's abundant love for us. Although this won't eliminate the pain of rejection, we find comfort in knowing who we are in Christ and in God's purpose for our lives.
Preached On: July 29th, 2012
Pastor Aaron continues The Fear Series with the "Fear of _____". He covers topics of feeling irrelevant, insignificant and invisible through the example of the narrative of Abram in Genesis 16. Like Hagar, we often feel invisible and insignificant. We may try to fill these voids in our lives with earthly possessions, thinking that these objects will cause others to notice us. Rather than offering a five-step plan on becoming significant, Pastor Aaron offers us the ultimate truth: that the God of the universe--the God who created each and every one of us--sees us and loves us in our totality. Pastor Aaron also challenges us to be a blessing to those around us and offer words of encouragement, affirming their significance. Our significance is not dictated by our actions or our possessions, but who we belong to--God.
- Artist: Aaron Cho
- Title: The Fear of _____: Irrelevant, Insignificant, Invisible
- Topic: The Fear Series
- Length: 39:32 minutes (13.58 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 48Kbps (CBR)
Preached On: July 22nd, 2012