Fear Factor

Tomorrow night our Jr. & Sr. High OTTAGETTU will wrap up this two week series on Doubt & Fear. This week, we will look @ Mark 4:35-41, which tells about a time that Jesus’ disciples experienced incredible fear. We will see how life will bring moments of fear, we can decide how we will respond to those fears, & we can look to Jesus in the midst of our fears. 

Fear throws us off balance; it shifts our focus away from God’s ability to care & provide in every situation, & it attempts to make us focus on the “insurmountable” challenge we’re facing. So if the first week in this series was about encouraging students to be honest about their doubt, our second week will focus on helping them recognize where & when they’re afraid-and choosing to have faith. We will face times of fear in life; it’s inevitable. But we can decide how we will respond to our fears, & we can choose to trust God during those situations. 

When we’re afraid, we can go to Jesus & tell him. We can admit we need help. We can ask him to give us courage & strength. 

As you talk with your teenager about this week’s lesson, here are a few questions for the conversation: 
  • What are some common, ordinary fears that teenagers have? 
  • Do you think Christians are reluctant to admit when they have fears? Why or why not? 
  • Do you find it easy or difficult to trust God-not just in the big situations but also in all other situations in life? Explain. 
Have a blessed week!

About Gene Reineman

Gene has been on staff @ CFCOG since 2006. He & his wife, Joey, have two children, Josette & Gabriel. Gene enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Phillies, & UNC Basketball. He also enjoys running, swimming, & playing golf. Gene’s approach to ministry, is in part, drawn from 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.” – NLT

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