Various Thoughts from Dennis Shaw
Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
Unafraid -- Setting the Stage
This series springs from the well dug by the Reverend Adam Hamilton, Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas.
This is getting started with the idea of Unafraid. We actually live in a time of borderline irrational fear. The numbers are good. We are healthy, wealthy, and longest lived people and for some reason, we are more and more afraid.
Sermon draws from Isaiah 41: 1-10, Psalm 56: 3-4 and Philippians 4: 6-7.
This starts a six week series on Fear. The first sermon is on how much of fear is more imaginary than real. Question is "what are you afraid of". I know FDR is not Jesus but "the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself" is part of the idea if not the message.
FEAR can at times be False Events Appearing Real. At times we live in a world where smoke detectors are going off but it is because their batteries are low, not because there is anything to really fear. Topical sermon so form will roughly be: The element of the human condition we are going to look at (Unnecessary Fear), exegete that element of the HC, what does scripture say about it (the Isaiah, Psalm, Philippians and of course Jesus (sermon on the mount)), and then application.
We do live in times where Auden's "Age of Anxiety" is incomplete and for whatever reason we live in an "Age of High Anxiety." Real?
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