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The Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Christmas reminds us that Jesus provides the answers to all our fears.

Introduction

Today we're going to look at Luke chapter 2. There is a Christmas song tucked within this Christmas story that I want to uncover—a song of unbelievable peace.

In order to talk about peace, I want to first talk about fear. I know you've all got your own fears. In fact, scientists tell us that fear is universal to all people. We're all born into this world with two universal fears: the fear of falling, and the fear of loud noises. As we get older, we develop a whole set of fears that are unique to us based on our environment, our family, our DNA, etc. Some people fear flying; some people fear deep water; some people fear germs or crowds or heights or being in tight spaces or spiders, right? We all have a set of things that we fear.

But today I want to talk to you about the deeper, debilitating fears that really grip our hearts and create ongoing anxiety in our lives. I think it's safe to say most of us can identify fears such as these in our lives. Nobody else may know about them, but they're the deep-seated fears we harbor. Maybe you're a man who fears deep down not really being able to succeed at your job. You fear you might come to the end of your life without accomplishing something significant. For men, the idea of success and adequacy is so important, and we fear the alternative. Maybe you're a couple whose marriage has been on the rocks recently, and there is a real fear inside you. Maybe you've come alone this morning without your spouse, and you fear that your marriage won't last as long as your parents' marriage did. Maybe you're a parent this morning who fears what your child's life will look like when she goes off to college. Or maybe you're a child, and for many years you've feared not measuring ...

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David Daniels is the lead pastor of Central Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Why do we fear what we fear?

II. Let your fear drive you to Christ.

III. Let faith drive you through your fear.

Conclusion