Main Idea: What do we need more—faith or fear? That question seems like a no-brainer. But what do we need more of? Faith in God or fear of God?
Introduction: We began to learn last week that emotional immaturity is a sign of spiritual immaturity. This week we look at fear and faith.
Discussion Starter: What is your biggest fear?
Primary Scriptures: Proverbs 1:7, 1 Timothy 1:7, Judges 6:13-16
- Have you ever felt both faith and fear at the same time? We read over 365 times in the Bible to not fear; would God ask us to do something if it weren’t possible? How easy is it to not worry about things in our lives? What do you need to look at in your life that involves fear and worry?
- Read 1 Timothy 1:7. Zac talks about misplaced fear—of missing out, of not making an impact, and of trusting God. Fear is a natural part of living; it is God-given. But when we let fear take over and control our thoughts and actions, we are not living the life that God wants for us. What fear is good in our lives? Do you have a fear of something that has taken over? How can we help one another get rid of that fear?
- When it comes to having both faith and fear at the same time, fear is good if you let it be steered by your faith. Our feelings are certainly real, but they are not reality. Fear is bad when we do not focus on God (who is the perfectly trustworthy source of truth), and instead focus on our feelings (as though they were a perfectly trustworthy source of truth). We can shape our lives to have more faith. How can we do that? Who’s walking with you to help you with that?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Judges 6:1-16 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.