February 24, 2018

Sermon April 27, 2014: Frozen in Fear

Today Pastor Dan’s sermon is titled, “Frozen in Fear” and his reference is the movie, “Frozen.”  Follow along:

DSCN56511. Living In Fear Not Only Hurts You, It Hurts Those Around You
Set up – At a young age, Elsa accidentally injures her sister, Anna, by hitting her with her “ice blast.” The unconscious Anna is saved because the freezing hit her head and not her heart.
• It’s easier to change the head than the heart.
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6, NIV)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV)

2. Responding To Fear Inappropriately Can Be Just As Destructive As Experiencing It.
•Elsa responded to fear by Falling Back.
•Anna responds to fear with Frustration.
•Their parents’ response is to Freeze the Family in place.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV)
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4, NIV)

DSCN56473. The Opposite Of Fear Isn’t Courage, It’s Faith
•Faith Is Believing That God Is Ultimately In Control.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of enduring faith; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13, NIV)
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. (1 Peter 3:13-14, NIV)

Fear               Faith
Isolates         Brings Fellowship
Entraps         Empowers
Imprisons    Sets Free

4. The Way To Defeat Fear Is Through Sacrificial Love
•To make a long story short, Anna gives her own life to save Elsa.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18, NIV)

Songs: Arise, We Believe, There’s A Stirring, Agnus Dei, and Lord I Need You

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