How to Find Peace in the Midst of Your Fears


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Isaiah 9:6 - “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Luke 2:8 - “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”

Why are the shepherds such a significant part of Jesus’ story?

  • The shepherds are a beautiful representation of why Jesus came to Earth.

Why did they need God’s peace in their life?

  • They were filled with fear! Why?

Luke 2:9 - “And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.

  • Like us, these men needed an encounter with Jesus.

Luke 2:10-14 - “And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’”

How did the shepherds find peace in the midst of their fear?

  • They courageously took action.

Luke 2:15 - “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. “

  • They claimed and shared the truth of what they had been told.

Luke 2:17-18 - “And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.”

2 Timothy 1:7 - “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

“The less you spend time with truth the easier it is to believe lies.” (Lacrae)

  • They became worshipers!

Luke 2:19-20 - “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”

“For worship is the submission of our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of our mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of our will to His purpose and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.” (William Temple)

1 John 4:18 -“...perfect love casts out fear...”

Q1: Notes

Q2: Do you find the holidays peaceful or stressful? Share the reasons for your answer with the group.

Read Luke 2:8-20

Q3: When God sent angels to herald Christ’s birth to humankind he didn’t come to kings or dignitaries. He appeared to shepherds. Why do you think God specifically chose to announce His great plan to a group of shepherds?

Q4: When the host of angels God sent appeared to the shepherds they were filled with fear. That’s very understandable! •What does this passage of scripture tell us about how the shepherds responded to that fear? •When you believe God is speaking to you how to you tend to respond?

Read 2 Timothy 1:7

Q5: In the first chapter of 2nd Timothy, Paul encourages Timothy to exercise the gifts that have been given to him (to step out in faith and trust). Where fear causes us to shrink back, God’s spirit leads us to courage. In fact, Paul points out three ways the Spirit of God leads us forward (to power, love, and a sound mind). •In what ways do you believe listening, trusting, and obeying God has led you to experience power, truer love, and confidence in your God-given purpose or calling?

Re-read Luke 2:19-20

Q6: As the shepherds faced their fears and responded in obedience the result was true worship. William Temple wrote: “For worship is the submission of our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of our mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of our will to His purpose and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.” •This holiday season, what are you fearing? What does God desire for you to turn from fear into faith as an act of love and adoration to Him?

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