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Here's another great sermon from one of our featured preachers, Francis Chan. A few noteworthy items: Just below this editor's note, Chan offers a short backstory to this particular message. Also, you listen by clicking here.
Introductory remarks from Francis Chan:
This message was especially meaningful to me because courage is something we rarely see in today's church. We have a lot of scared and insecure people in our congregations. And it's no wonder, as so many of us as leaders are filled with insecurity. As I studied for this message, God showed me areas of my life where fear had crept in. I often compare myself to other people who know more than I do or are more gifted than I am. This leaves me feeling inadequate and wondering if I have anything to contribute to God's kingdom.
Do people describe you as "powerful"? Or have you fallen into a rut where you question your worth to the kingdom? We need to constantly remind ourselves to stop looking at the flesh and focus on God's Spirit.
"For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control" (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV). This is a reminder to all believers that the followers of God in Scripture were marked by power and courage. We serve a powerful God. As his children we should be putting on display this characteristic of power.
Rather than merely comforting other believers in their failures, we need to take the next step. Remind them that they have power to get back up and do amazing things by the power of God's Spirit.
You know how we each have our idiosyncrasies? I don't like repetition. I won't watch a movie twice. That's silly to me. So I tend to not repeat myself, even from the stage. If I consider teaching something, I might think, ...
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Francis Chan is former pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and author of Crazy Love and Forgotten God.
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