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Fear and Faith: 16 Powerful Sermon and Worship Resources

Whether it's during the Halloween season or at another time of year, Christians can struggle with fear. These 16 powerful sermon and worship resources include a classic sermon by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, along with sermons from Mark Batterson and others. 

Sermons 

1. Overcoming Fear, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Bible, the gospel, Christ, the church, the faith—all are one great battle cry against fear in the lives of human beings.

2. The Fear of Foolishness, by Mark Batterson

It’s the fear of foolishness that keeps us from praying for a miracle or sharing out faith. And it’s the fear of foolishness that keeps us from worshipping God the way we could and should.

3. The Death of Fear

When I was 5 my grandfather died. As I stood by the graveside at the cemetery, my mother said I looked down into the grave and then turned to her and asked "How's Grandpa ever going to get out of there?"

4. The Cage of Fear

We all want to live life to the fullest, yet we seem to be held back. What cages us in? What locks us down? What fences us in? It is a fight to get out, but victory is possible!

5. Halloween, An Evangelistic Opportunity

Halloween is an opportunity to share Jesus in a very unique way. We must re-define Halloween just as Easter and Christmas was re-defined.

6. Taking the Fear Out of Halloween

The truth of God’s Word will take the fear out of Halloween.

7. Are We Going to Have Fear or Faith?

There have been times when we have said, "I think I have lost control of my life." We've heard others say it. But we cannot lose something we never really had. We know that we were never really in control, we only think we were. We cannot control what happens to us; we can only choose how we will react when the bad (and good) times come.

8. The Effects of Fear

Fear has a paralyzing effect on churches and individual Christians. God wants us to move from fear to faith.

9. Faith or Fear

Everybody is afraid of something. Fear steals our faith. Where there is fear there is no faith, fear is the absence of faith.

10. Conquering Fear

This sermon gives the recipe for conquering fear. It also has a radically new interpretation of the command, "Stand Still." I used it for Halloween but it is applicable any time.

11. Avoiding Fear and Trusting in God

God has promised to never leave you nor forsake you.

12. The Elephant in Your Living Room

Too many times we have dreams or goals and we shrink back because of fear. It is time we face that "Elephant In The Living Room" once and for all.

13. Buzzards, Bats, Bumblebees & Eagles

Jesus was talking about spiritual light and darkness but the same applies to the natural. There are many people who are like bats and only "come out" in the darkness to accomplish their deeds. If you are doing your "devilment", as my mom used to say, at night, then just know that one day it will be exposed to the light.

Media 

14. PowerPoint Package: Do Not Be Afraid

Encourage your congregation to stand firm in the face of adversity knowing God is on their side.

15. Video: Fear Vs. Love

Did you know, our brains express only two basic emotions: fear and love? And it is our decision to choose one or the other. Christ says that, "Perfect love casts out all fear." Which will you choose?

16. PowerPoint Package: Fighting Your Fears

Remind your congregation of God's mandate to "be not afraid" with these bold backgrounds.

 

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