Idea Virus: Fear or Fear Not that is the Question (Rom 8:15, 2Tim 1:7, Gen 15:1)

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Sermon Outline

  1. To be or not to be that is the Q; To fear or not to fear – that is the greater Q
    1. Afraid of the dark story…
    2. Things we fear
    3. Our responses to fear
    4. Why do we fear?
  2. Marxist Fear of Bourgeois
    1. Soln: Revolt
    2. But is this fear legitimate?
    3. Christian response to Bourgeois bashing:
  3. Secular-Humanist Fear of Religious
    1. Soln: Reason over Faith
    2. Is a fear of religion warranted?
    3. Christian response is humility and Spiritual Fruit (Matt 5:3-11, Gal 5:22-23)
  4. Islamic Fear of Apostasy
    1. Soln: Works (Qur’an 2:177, 2:112)
    2. Christianity says (Rom 3:23, 6:23)
  5. New Age Illusion of Fear
    1. Fear Nothing
    2. Christian response:
  6. Christianity and Fear
    1. How does Christianity understand fear?
      1. The first instance of fear (Genesis 3:10)
      2. But the next time fear comes up in the Bible is as God covenants with Abraham (Gen 15:1, Rom 13:14, Eph 4:24, 6:14)
    2. What does Christianity call us to fear?
      1. We should fear being found in sin.
      2. We should fear God (Ex 1:17, Dt 6:13)
    3. How does it call us to relate to unbiblical fears?
      1. Not fear God’s provision for us (Gen 21:17)
      2. Fear of others should lead us to pray (Gen 32:11, Ex 14:13)
      3. Fear of the Environment/natural disaster should lead us to faith and trust (Mt 8:26)
      4. We must remember that God is our Father (Rom 8:15, 2Tim 1:7, Rev 2:10)
      5. The life of fear is not to be the life of the Christian (Phil 4:7)

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