January 2021

Fear to Faith

God's Word to People in Difficult Days

Welcome to a New Year!

A message from Lead Pastor,
Chris Goldman

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Growing up afraid of the dark is awful. As a boy, I envied my friends who went to bed at night, woke up the next morning, and never felt any fear. My mind would take me into dreams of being chased, followed, falling … and it all seemed so vivid and real.

Somewhere along the way, it became possible to wake up, realize things in reality were just fine, and go back to sleep. Until that day came, I had one solution: running to my parents for comfort (and a safe place to sleep for the night).

Spiritually we find ourselves facing fears. It’s important to note that fear is like any other emotion. It’s something we experience with little control. As a matter of fact, fear has a very important role in our survival. Fear prevents us from jumping off a cliff, running into traffic, or grabbing a hot dish with our bare hands. Fear has its place. AND, fear must be kept in its place.

Experiencing fear is one thing. Giving into fear is another. God reminds Joshua and reminds us, “Do not be afraid.” There’s more to it than simply hearing these words and saying, “Oh … now I get it. I just need to not feel my feelings!” It’s just not that simple.

One thing I do know: Our world needs a dose of faith overcoming fear. So whether you are afraid of disease, leaders, global unrest, new vaccinations, financial collapse, or just day-to-day life, this series is for you. If you live with zero fear, you’ll be able to help the rest of us forge ahead beyond the ills of 2020 with a hopeful outlook for 2021.

This series, “Fear to Faith” is the first of three short series we invite you to experience with us:
  • Fear to Faith (January)
  • Faith to Peace (February)
  • Peace to Prosperity (March)

I’ll leave you with one key question: What do YOU fear?
This series isn’t for those looking into the hearts of others and urging them to face their fears. This series is designed for us to work through our own fears. And last I checked, we could all use the instinct of little children when they’re afraid: Run to your parents; run to your God.

Click on each date below to download the sermon study for that day.

These studies below are a reminder of our commitment as a church to transform lives and community.
Each lesson can also be downloaded and printed in your home for your entire family.

Be Strong & Courageous

Joshua 1:1-9

Don’t Be Afraid
or Discouraged

Joshua 1:1-9; Isaiah 41:10

Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Special Weekend

God IS with You

Joshua 1:1-9; Joshua 5:13-15

Wherever You Go

Joshua 24