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Fear’s Worst Enemy

By September 26, 2015September 28th, 2015Fear, Sermon Series Pre-Campaign)

Fear’s Worst Enemy

Fear leads to leads to stress, which leads to…

  1. Heart problems
  2. High blood pressure
  3. Increased susceptibility to infection
  4. Skin problems
  5. Weight gain
  6. Depression
  7. Sleep problems
  8. Pain
  9. Diabetes (If pre-existing conditions exist)
  10. Infertility (not a cause but a link has been found)

The good side of fear: The Sympathetic Nervous System

1 John 4:18 (ESV) 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.


1 John 4:8–9 (ESV) 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.


Big Idea: Fear’s worst enemy is love.


What about the fear of the Lord?

Psalm 111:10 (ESV) 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

Jeremiah 32:40 (ESV)  40 I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.

Proverbs 8:13 (ESV) 13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 (ESV) 13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Matthew 10:28 (ESV) 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

1 Peter 1:17 (ESV) 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,

2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.



  1. Put fear in its rightful place
  2. Love to cast out fear
  3. Don’t fear coming to God


Growth Questions

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