StoneBridge Community Church
Facing Down the Fear of Failure
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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1932 photo of construction workers having lunch on the 69th floor of Rockefeller Center

The Story Behind the Photo

Interview with Seán Ó Cualáin, director of the documentary Men at Lunch, about the photo above.
1. Failure is…
1. Failure is a universal human experience.

The World’s Most Famous Failures

If you've ever failed, you're in very good company.

How J.K. Rowling Turn Rejection Into Success

Rachel Gillett, Business Insider, July 30, 2016.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might not have lived at all— in which case you fail by default.” —J.K. Rowling
For reflection/discussion
What are some of the failures you've experienced in your life? Why is it so hard for us to admit and talk about our failures with others? Who are some famous people in the Bible and in popular culture who experienced failure? Does it help to know that people whom we think of as successful have experienced failure? Why or why not? In what ways are sin and failure similar, and in what ways are they different?
2. Most of life's best lessons…
2. Most of life's best lessons come from our failures.
Failure isn't fatal or final. It is temporary and event-specific.
How can our failures help us?
Our failures can correct us.
Our failures can direct us.
Our failures can protect us.
Our failures can perfect us.
Our failures can connect us.
For reflection/discussion
What are some of the lessons you've learned from your failures? How can our failures prepare us for future success?
3. Jesus is…
3. Jesus is a steadfast friend to us in our failure.

Guido Reni, "St. Peter Penitent" c. 1600. Private collection.

Jesus Chooses and Uses Failures

Jon Bloom, "Jesus Chooses and Uses Failures" Desiring God
For reflection/ discussion
How did Jesus treat people who failed morally? How did his approach differ from that of the religious leaders of his day? Imagine bringing your most serious moral failure to Jesus. How would Jesus treat you and address your failure? How might Jesus' approach to our moral failure inform how we respond to others who have failed?
4. The antidote to our fear of failure is…
4. The antidote to our fear of failure is a trusting faith in God.
What should we do when we fail?

The Wisdom to Deal With Failure

J. Hampton Keathley, III, "The Wisdom to Deal With Failure" from the series Marks of Maturity: Biblical Characteristics of a Christian Leader. Excellent article accompanied by helpful discussion questions.
For reflection/ discussion
What practical steps can we take when we recognize that we have failed at something? How does a relationship with God through Jesus Christ help us to admit our failures and move forward without fear? What is one great thing you would you do for God if you knew that you couldn't fail? Is fear of failure keeping you from trying?

6 Simple Ways to Conquer Fear of Failure

Sean Kiluk, "6 Simple Ways to Conquer Fear of Failure" InspireGod

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