After reading through your comments, it’s clear we are all here because to some degree, we are dealing with FEAR. Maybe it’s fear of making bad decisions, fear for our society, fear of losing contorl, or fear of what we have/have not done with our lives. In Chapter One of our book, Max does an excellent job of asking the question-Why Are We Afraid? As we work through this study, I’d like you to really be honest with yourself! I promise you are not here by mistake. God wants to deal with your fear and help you become more dependant on him. I’d like to encourage you to get a journal and write statements, words, etc., from each chapter that stick out to you. It makes such a great reference to go back to!
Throughout the chapter, I found myself going back and re-reading parts. (You?) A few things that stood out to me where: “Oversize and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies and leaves. Do you ever see the two together? Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? What do you think about this statement? (pg. 5)
Perhaps the greatest statement I read in chapter one occurred on page 8. “Christ followers contract malaria, bury children, and battle adictions, and as a result, face fears. It’s not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm; an unstirred Christ.” At the bottom of page 7, Max points out, “…getting on board with Christ can mean getting soaked with Christ.” I can relate to these statements over and over. My life hasn’t be exactly “fair” either. I’m sure to “outsiders” it may seem that way, but when it comes to matters of the heart, I can relate deeply to these statements. Can you?
I think it’s great that Max takes time to point out “Jesus takes our fear seriously. The one statement he made more than any other was; DON’T BE AFRAID.”
How did Chapter One affect you? What “nuggets” did you take away?