Weekend Message Takeaway: “Facing Fear”

Fear is one of most commonly felt emotions. Some of us experience it more frequently than others, but the truth is everyone deals with it. In some cases, our fears seem irrational (clowns, rain, trees, etc.), but many times, there are very real reasons behind why we feel afraid. So, what do we do about our fears?

This weekend, as we continued our series through the Gospel of John, Pastor Doug shared a powerful message from John 14. Here, Jesus shows us how to face fear and overcome it as we trust in and follow Him . . . the way, the truth, and the life. 

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.

 

FOR THE NOTE TAKERS
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's teaching this weekend:

Jesus Will Never Forget You (John 14:1–6): God is not like a parent who loses track of their child at the mall. There is no out of sight, out of mind moment for the Lord because we are never out of His sight! We have no reason to fear if we are in Christ. In fact, the command “Do not fear” is found 365 times in the Bible—some have even called it Jesus’ favorite command. Why is it uttered so often? Because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and as long as we stay in Him, as long as we’re found in Him, we have a safety and security like nothing else in this world.

Jesus Will Lead You Down the Right Road (John 14:7–14): Do you ever fear going down the wrong road? Making the wrong choice? Are you indecisive? The devil constantly uses fear to paralyze us, to take away the joy of life, and to keep us stagnant. This is the opposite of what God wants for us! Jesus promised us His departure would lead to greater things, to greater opportunities and power, but we must not give way to fear. As His disciples, we can face fear without flinching because of the power and hope of Christ in us.

Jesus Will Not Leave You on Your Own (John 14:15–18): Jesus promised to send a helper, a comforter, a counselor—the Holy Spirit. We never have to be gripped by fear because we have a mighty counselor within us, who intercedes on our behalf and who leads, directs, and sustains us. He helps us see past our fears and allows us to see things as they are, through the lens of God’s Word.

Jesus Brings Peace to Your Trouble (John 14:19–27): Have you ever experienced security and peace in the face of fear and trouble? Believe it or not, for believers, faith and fear can coexist, because when we really trust in God, we’ll see that trust will win out over the fear as His peace sweeps over us. This is why the Psalmist said, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” (Psalm 56:3 NIV). Jesus left His peace with us, a peace that is vastly different from the peace of this world. You see, the peace of Christ is not just the absence of conflict; it’s a lasting, deep, transformative peace.

Jesus Prepares Us for the Trials to Come (John 14:28–31): Jesus told the disciples what was to come. He prepared them for everything that would take place. He laid it all out for them. In the same way, right now the Holy Spirit is preparing us for the next trial. He is strengthening us from within. We just need to fully trust and allow Him to lead and direct us.

Quote to Remember: When Jesus is in focus, fear loses its power.Pastor Doug Sauder


FEATURED ARTICLE: COME TO THE TABLE: THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNION
Communion is one of the most significant and beautiful traditions of the Christian faith. Sadly, though, it seems we have lost our wonder for it. In this week’s article, Communications Minister Danny Saavedra explains the history and importance of communion and how we should approach it. Click here to read the article.


COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERSHIP TRAINING
First Saturday of Each Month, 3–5:30pm |Outreach Meeting Room (Fort Lauderdale Campus)
If you feel called by God to lead a community group, we’d love for you to join us at our next community group leadership training! Experience the joys of community as you discover just how much better we are together. For more information and to let us know you’re coming, click here.


CONNECT FOUR-WEEK GROUP EXPERIENCE
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A LOOK AHEAD

Join us this Wednesday as we continue our series through David’s life with a message from 2 Samuel 12. In this chapter, God sends Nathan to David in order to help him realize the consequences of his bad decisions with Bathsheba.

This weekend, Pastor Doug will be share a powerful teaching from John 15. In this study, we’ll explore why the world hates those who follow Jesus and what it means to abide in Christ as our Lord shares the final “I am” statement: “I am the true vine.”

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.