Scared

Perfect Love Casts out all Fear

Like many of nature’s creatures that use poisonous venom to paralyze their prey, fear’s venom disables it, victims. What is the essence of fear? How can we move past its effects? And what is the antidote?

Like many of nature’s creatures that use poisonous venom to paralyze their prey, fear’s venom disables it, victims. What is the essence of fear? How can we move past its effects? And what is the antidote?

November 15, 2020
by
Craig Walker
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Introduction

The love of God calms our fears and helps us focus on eternity. This week Pastor Craig helps us understand how perfect love casts out all of our fears. Surrendering fully to Jesus will repel the fear. It won’t be easy, but it takes abiding in Jesus and abiding in Jesus will cause you to say what He says, do what He does, act as He acts and the result of that will cast out all fear.

Discussion Questions

(The goal is to grow in our relationship with Christ and each other. It is ok if you don’t cover every question.)

1. What are some common fears people have? Why do you think people have these particular fears? What is the root behind these fears?

2. Can you think of an attitude or emotion that is the opposite of fear?

3. Have a volunteer read 1 John 4:15-18. According to verse 15, what changes in a person’s life when he or she acknowledges faith in Jesus?

4. John wrote that God is love, which means God and love can never be separated. How does this truth impact your understanding of who God is and how you relate to Him?

5. How does fear hinder your relationship with God and your efforts to love other people?

6. What specifically has God done on our behalf to show His love for us and insure our right standing with Him on this day of judgment?

7. How can we as a group stand together to encourage each other to trust God and claim the promises that come with His love?

Moving Forward

Get more of heaven in your home and less of this world. “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” Luke 24:49 NLT

Changing Your Mind

Don’t be a friend of the world, be a doer, not just a hearer. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:3-4

Prayer

Thank God for the confidence available to you through the Holy Spirit. Pray that God’s voice would be louder than the fears you face today. Also pray that these fears would be a reminder that a better future awaits.

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