"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of God shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angels said to them, "Do not be afraid."  (Luke 2:8-10)

Fear dominates God’s story & fear dominates our God story as well

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare; but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe." (Prov 29:25)

When Out of Balance..Man Becomes My Functional God

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him..."   (Matt. 2)

  1. The Gospel Humbles Me
  2. The Gospel Makes Me Pleasing to God
  3. The Gospel  produces in me a desire to Elevate what God thinks of me over what man thinks of me. 

Matthew 3:16

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, "this is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."