Fear is a primal emotion. It produces that “fight, flight or freeze” reaction which has kept humans alive in the face of danger through the millenniums. And fear can kill us. If not physically, it can kill dreams, break relationships, divide communities, and sap joy. 115 times God’s word says “Don’t be afraid.” It takes faith to overcome fear. It takes trust – that God will make everything – good and bad – work for good. Starting October 7, we’ll explore the anatomy of fear . . . and the antidote – the tools that God gives us so we can “faith our fears.” We don’t need to fight or fly in the face of fear. We can learn to trust the God who is bigger than any danger, any fear.
October 7 – Faithing Our Fears – F.E.A.R.
October 14 – Faithing Our Fears – Examine Your Assumptions in the Light of the Facts
October 21 – Faithing Our Fears – Attack Your Anxieties with Action
October 28 – Faithing Our Fears – Release Your Cares to God
Chapman University has conducted a Survey of American Fears (most recently in 2017), which provides an in-depth examination into the fears of average Americans. In May of 2017, a random sample of 1,207 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about eighty different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the government, the environment, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others.
We’ve created a similar survey to help us get a sense of what’s going on in the life of our church in terms of fear. If you have 15 extra minutes, please take a moment to fill out this anonymous survey HERE!
Also, be sure to check out this interesting article about the 2017 Chapman Survey results: This is what Americans fear most in 2017 (it’s not zombies)