God Is Approachable

God Is Approachable

God Is Approachable

God Is… – Part 8

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Why a ___________?
“Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without
fault in His eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by
bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT)

1. Our _____________________ makes us ____________ of God.
“When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God
walking about in the garden. So, they hid from the LORD God among the trees. Then the
LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He replied, ‘I heard you walking in the
garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.’” Genesis 3:8-10 (NLT)
[Moses] ‘Show me Your glorious presence.’… [God] ‘you may not look directly at My face,
for no one may see Me and live.’” Exodus 33:18-23 (NLT)

2. One of the primary themes of Christmas is “_____ _____ _____ ________________.”

To Zechariah:
“All at once an angel from the Lord appeared to Zechariah… Zechariah was confused and
afraid … But the angel told him: ‘Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayers.”
Luke 1:11-13 (CEV)

To Mary:
“… God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin. Her name was
Mary. … The angel said, ‘Greetings! The Lord has blessed you and is with you.’ But Mary
was very startled by what the angel said and wondered what this greeting might mean. The
angel said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid Mary; God has shown you His grace.”
Luke 1:26-32 (NCV)

To Joseph:
“While Joseph thought about this, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel
said, ‘Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife. The baby in
her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son. You will name the son Jesus. Give him
that name because he will save his people from their sins.’” Matthew 1:20-21 (ICB)

To Shepherds:
“There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by
night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, … and they were terrified. But the angel said to
them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people…”
Luke 2:8-11 (NLT)

  • A _______ demonstrates that God is _______________.

“You will find a baby wrapped in cloths, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 (NIV)

  • A _______ shows that God is _______________ to everyone.

3. A __________ ______________ calms our fears

“…Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was
sleeping. The disciples woke him up, shouting, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ Jesus
responded, ‘Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!’ Then he rebuked the wind and
waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.” Matthew 8:23-26 (NLT)

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the
world cannot give. So, don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 (NLT)

4. A _________ __________ removes fear

“The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great
joy, … And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. … Then Jesus said to them,
“Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.”
Matthew 28:8-10 (NLT)

5. The Apostles remind us we do not need to fear _______ or ____________.
“God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid. He gave us a spirit of power and love and
self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ICB)

“…perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows
that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.” 1 John 4:16-18 (NLT)

“Do not be afraid for I have ransomed you. I have saved you. I have called you by name. You
are Mine.” Isaiah 43:1b (NLT)