Summary: Third in series on Fear.
Fear is one of the primary weapons of the enemy. This has turned out to be a lot tougher series of messages to bring than I thought it would be.
There is an oppressive burden whenever I have preached or taught on the enemy. Fear is one of the primary tools of Satan and the burden has been present. Please keep me in your prayers as we continue this series the next couple of weeks.
Fear is a terrible thing!!! Especially the fear of loneliness. Loneliness is a terrible burden to carry.
Show Tom Hanks in the Castaway clip on the ocean as "Wilson" floats away.
It seems crazy but he really cried over a volley ball.
Why? Because he needed to be with people.
The Fear of Loneliness
Max Lucado records this Mini-Biography. The epitaph did not give the dates of her birth or death. It included only her name, the names of her two husbands:
Sleeps, but rests not.
Loved, but was loved not.
Tried to please, but pleased not.
Died as she lived -- alone.
She is not particularly unique!
Sting, a singer and musician?? Wrote, "Seems I not alone at being alone. Hundred million castaways searching for a home."
You and I were created for community. You were created for community. We need other people in our lives.
Gen 2:18-19 CEV The LORD God said, "It isn’t good for the man to live alone. I need to make a suitable partner for him."
Gen 2:19 So the LORD took some soil and made animals and birds. He brought them to the man to see what names he would give each of them. Then the man named the tame animals and the birds and the wild animals. That’s how they got their names. None of these was the right kind of partner for the man.
None was good enough for man. And aren’t we glad!
Yet, 54 % would pick an animal over a people to live with as a companion if stranded on a desert island! (According to the American Animal Hospital, cited in American Demographics (7/96))
God gave us Marriage. It is a gift designed to give us a taste of heaven! Ephesians 5:21 talks about marriage as a picture of the kind of relationship that God wants to have with every one of us.
How? Through the church!
The Church is the community you need. I’m sold out on church! The church is the bride of Jesus. He died for her and she is absolutely beaurtiful.
There was a time when I was in Bible College that my generation viewed the church as an institution rather than an organism. (That’s ORGANISM not ORGANIZATION. One is alive and the other is a collection of information.) Many in my generation rejected the church because it was to them a collection of rules and traditions.
Let me say this as nicely as I can. They were wrong then and those who reject the church today as irrelevant, tired, or useless are wrong now.
Jesus gave everything for the church. He’s sold out on the church and He wants you to be sold out on His church too!
It is the community of believers, those who have been called from a life in the world and of the world.
There is nothing in the world as good as CHURCH!
Here is where you will find real community!