Fear is powerful, but it is only as powerful as we make it. Fear does not rule in everyone’s life. People overcome fear every day, whether they’re jumping out of planes, sharing their faith, or asking someone on a date. People also succumb to fear everyday, missing out on whatever lies at the end of the road they were too afraid to travel. So how do some people overcome fear while others cower to it? Well, in many instances, it has to do with desire. I was afraid to ask Sarah to be my girlfriend, but there wasn’t really anything I desired more, so I overcame fear in bumbling fashion. I have also jumped out of a plane. I was terrified. I hardly slept the night before. I kept thinking about it the whole car ride down to place we were going. But for some reason, I really wanted to jump out of an airplane, so I overcame it.
We’ll be talking about different fears the next month in youth group and what the Christian perspective should be on those fears: fear of death, fear of sharing one’s faith, fear of being different and not fitting in. These are all common fears, but despite how common they are, they’re not reasonable fears for the Christian. Fear has no place in the Christian’s life, because we have Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:7-9 says, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”
We’ll also be doing some pretty big promotional things in October. We’re giving away a lot of music. We’re heading to Cedar Point at the end of the month. And one lucky person will be winning two tickets to the Anomaly Tour, featuring Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and DJ Promote. So if you have a teenager, and they haven’t attended youth group yet or started attending regularly, make sure they’re there this Sunday morning at 11:00 AM, and they’ll find out how they can go home with these great incentives.
Oh, we’re also featuring a new promotional video each week, which we started this past Sunday. So even if you miss out on all the other stuff that’s going on, you can at least enjoy things like this: