STUDY SHEETS for FFC for Sunday November 30, 2014 …

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Hello to You,

And Happy Thanksgiving! Is it pizza tonight? 🙂

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Have you ever noticed the amount of fear that we spread to each other within our evangelical, fundamental circles? Where does that come from?

Multiple times throughout Scripture God exhorts us to be strong and courageous, not to be afraid, Old Testament, New Testament.

So where does the fear come from? We really do need to ask.

Does God really want us trembling in our boots because a Democrat is president? Or that your state legislature passed pro-homosexual or pro-abortion laws?

We have done this to each other for so long that we have begun to think this is the right thing to do. But what would God say about our “spirit of fear?”

So I ask, “What would God say about the fear-mongering that prospers in the pulpits and the Christian media in our country?”

What happened to “be strong and courageous” and “don’t be afraid?” Is courage no longer possible? And what about the peace that Christ promised? Is our day just too dark and overpowering for us to anchor our hearts and minds in Christ’s words of peace and assurance? Did he not take this into account? Didn’t realize how bad things were going to get?

C’mon, man!

Scripture tells us …

  • (1 John 2:8 ESV) At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.

But you could never tell it by listening to us. I know it isn’t all gloom and doom in our pulpits and in our Sunday School classes and on Christian radio. But way too much of it is. And I cannot imagine that God approves as I read his word.

Today’s text is crucial in reeling us in to the truth of God’s word. Time to stop listening so much to each other and start listening more to God.

  • (Romans 8:15 ESV) For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Message Title: The Spirit of Adoption as Sons!

Message Text: Romans 8:12-17

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