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Fear, Inc. – Week 5 #Motion

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COURAGE: Being brave enough to take the next step, even when you’re afraid.
MAIN POINT: You can take the next step because God is with you.
BIBLE STORY: Israel Takes Jericho | Joshua 5:13-6:27
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b

We finish up the month with Joshua and the famous battle of Jericho. God promised Abraham that he would receive the Land of Canaan. In Joshua 5:13–6:27, we find the Israelites taking their first steps towards the fulfillment of the promise. God was faithful to the Israelites. In this story, God’s battle plans seem unconventional for conquering a city, but Joshua knew that if they obeyed God’s plan, the land would be theirs.

You can take the next step because God is with you. Even when what we’re asked to do doesn’t make sense, we can have courage to do it knowing that God is helping us. We should remember that God is near and He is for us. We can trust God no matter what and have courage to take the next step.


Fear, Inc. – Week 4 #Motion

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COURAGE: Being brave enough to take the next step, even when you’re afraid.
MAIN POINT: You can take the next step even when others are afraid.
BIBLE STORY: Joshua and Caleb | Numbers 13-14
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b

This weekend we read in Numbers 13–14 that Moses sent 12 spies to scope out the Promised Land of Canaan. They discovered the land was perfect with one exception: the people who already lived there were strong and powerful. Most of the spies were intimidated and wanted to give up. Only two, Joshua and Caleb, spoke up and said that God would provide a way for them to conquer the land. Joshua and Caleb took the next step and continued to explore the land. Because of this, God rewarded Joshua and Caleb’s faith and courage. They were the only men of their generation to see the land God promised to Abraham.

You can take the next step even when others are afraid. We will face times when the people around us are scared or making unwise choices. When that happens, we should trust God. He can give us the courage we need to do what we should and be an example that points others to Him.


Fear, Inc. – Week 3 #Motion

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COURAGE: Being brave enough to take the next step, even when you’re afraid.
MAIN POINT: You can take the next step even when things seem impossible.
BIBLE STORY: Moses and the Red Sea | Exodus 13:17-14:31
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b

In Exodus 13:17–14:31, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, but found himself up against an impossible scenario: the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh’s army chasing them down from behind. Only God could save them. Moses stood strong in the face of fear and took the next step forward, literally into the Red Sea. He trusted God to do what only God could do — part the sea and create dry ground for the Israelites to escape. Our God is truly the God of the impossible.

You can take the next step even when things seem impossible. We may not face the Red Sea or an army of angry Egyptians, but we will face moments where what we need to do will feel impossible to us. When that happens, we can remember that we can trust God no matter what. God is bigger and stronger than anything we face. Just like Moses and the Israelites, God can do the impossible in our lives, too.


Fear, Inc. – Week 2 #Motion

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COURAGE: Being brave enough to take the next step, even when you’re afraid.
MAIN POINT: You can take the next step even when you don’t feel ready.
BIBLE STORY: Moses’ Calling/10 Plagues | Exodus 3-6:12; 7-12:42
MEMORY VERSE: “”Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b

We continue our look at courage in Exodus 3–6:12 and 7–12:42:

  • God calls Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.
  • Moses gives excuse after excuse for why he’s not the person God should use. But Moses doesn’t have a choice; God has chosen him.
  • Even though Moses is frightened, he trusts God and takes the next step by confronting Pharaoh to let God’s people go.
  • With just one step of courage, in the end, God’s power triumphs and Pharaoh releases his hold on the Israelites.

You can take the next step even when you don’t feel ready. We all face times when we feel like we’re supposed to do something, but fear that we won’t have what it takes to get it done. We can have courage to take the next step, knowing God can give us what we need to get the job done.


Fear, Inc. – Week 1 #Motion

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COURAGE: Being brave enough to take the next step, even when you’re afraid.
MAIN POINT: You can take the next step even when you don’t know what will happen next.
BIBLE STORY: Birth of Moses/Mom and Miriam with the Basket | Exodus 2:1-10
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b

One of the most difficult things we’ll ever learn to overcome is fear. In fact, it’s unrealistic to expect anyone to become completely fearless. That’s why during Fear, Inc. we’ll learn to not become paralyzed by our fears, but rather understand what to do in the face of them and take the next step. We’ll discover what God says about courage and how to push through and choose to do what’s right, even when we feel afraid.

In Exodus 2:1-10 we discover that Moses was born during a time when Pharaoh feared that God’s people would overthrow his reign. He enslaved them and commanded that all of the Hebrew baby boys be killed. Moses’ mother and sister wouldn’t obey Pharaoh’s decree. They had courage to keep Moses alive. God rescued him with help from Pharaoh’s own daughter who ended up bringing him to live in the palace and raising him as an Egyptian.

You can take the next step even when you don’t know what will happen next. Most of the time our fear comes from assuming something about the future that may or may not happen. Courage doesn’t mean our fear is gone. Rather, courage is choosing to act and take the next step even though we are afraid. We’ll never know what will happen next, but we can trust God to give us the strength we need to move forward.