Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene
Afraid Not (Anxious For Nothing)
The Lord gives us so many promises about facing and fighting anxiety in his Word. We're so excited to dive in as we continue our Afraid Not series this morning and with the workshop happening Wednesday night!
Locations & Times
  • Church of the Nazarene - Harrisonburg
    1871 Boyers Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • https://www.facebook.com/cotn.hope
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
This week at HFCN
1. Discover Your Church is coming up on February 2, 10:30am. If you are somewhat new to the church or if you are interested in knowing more about membership, this class is just for you! Please RSVP by signing at the Connection Center or you can email us at info@abeaconofhope.org.

2. Baptism, February 2. Fill out an I've Decided card and let us know! You can also call or email us for more info.

3. February 9, Vision Night 6:00-7:00pm. You are invited by Pastor Adrian to join us for an exciting evening of looking down the road at the next chapter of ministry for HFCN.


January's bulletin---> https://indd.adobe.com/view/63f8cbdd-77d1-4161-b0d7-713233579e05
“Anxiety and fear are cousins but not twins. Fear sees a threat. Anxiety imagines one. Fear screams, Get out! Anxiety ponders, What if?”

-Max Lucado
The United States is considered by many the most anxious nation in the world.
While many of us can identify with anxiety in so many ways, God’s Word gives us a clear command and a clear promise:
The command:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

-The command is not to be anxious, but rather to pursue relationship!
-We overcome anxiety by turning to God in relationship, which is what prayer is really all about
The promise:
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

-For some, there is an incredible peace that comes instantly
-For others, this is a peace that comes one step at a time, one moment at a time. As they pursue relationship, as they turn to God, moment by moment they walk in peace
Bottom line:
Our circumstances never have the power to give us peace.
What is your role in regards to the anxiety and fear you face?
-Our focus becomes distracted distorted, or clouded by so many other things
-We fill our hearts and minds with so many things that create faulty expectations for ourselves and for others around us
-We embrace "bad theology" where we expect that we won't face opposition
-We entertain a toxic mindset about our circumstances and the people around us
-We replay negative thoughts about ourselves repeatedly, which leads to shame
-A distorted focus will ultimately come out in our words and in our actions
-We give a voice to things that are not of God, creating storms of destruction
Other texts for study & reflection:

I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.” I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly, for the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:17-26

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.
Psalms 37:8

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