Summary: This is from a series called "Tube Theology" We looked at theological teachings on TV. This sermon deals with our fears.
This sermon is from a series on Tube Theology.
I have researched sermoncentral as well as other sources. I use an expanded outline in preaching though it is not exactly a manuscript. I also use a sermon outline for the congregation to fill in.
FEAR FACTOR October 31, 2004 Jay Davis Robison 2 TIMOTHY 1:5-7
Have you ever been afraid? It’s a Halloween question
Show Fear Factor displays people facing up to their fears. Some things they to do really disgusting; eat worms, bugs, eyes brains and body parts, Misheala said gross!
Contestants have jumped between moving trucks, leapt out of 12 stories buildings, bobbed for plums in a tub of snakes and been buried in 300,000 worms. All of a prize. Fears universal human experience you’ve got ‘em I’ve got ‘em
We have an unusual relationship w\them spend. Million$$ on scary movies, and rides at parks, to be scared Usually ends with oh that was great
What is your greatest fear? Is it sickness, money trouble, an accident, growing old, death, losing your good looks, spiders big spiders?
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but
of power and of love and of a sound mind. Vs 7 NKJV
1. Everybody knows ABOUT FEAR
Universal human experience like being hungry
or dealing with love and hate not just human
but animals fear too Maybe Lucy explained it best
www.phobialist.com find over 500 human fears alphabetized From Ablutophobia- Fear of washing or bathing. To Zoophobia fear of animals even heard a new one recently, audio-biblical-peda-phobia a fear of sermons that step on your toes! (Only kidding!)
Harvard’s Dr. Walter Cannon, describes body reaction to fear Respiration deepens; the heart beats faster BP rises; blood is shifted from stomach & intestines to the heart, central nervous system, & the muscles; processes of the alimentary canal cease; sugar is freed from reserves in liver; spleen contracts & discharges contents of concentrated corpuscles, & adrenalin is secreted. Cited from M Roper at Sermoncentral.com
Bible mentions fear 226 TIMES AFRAID 223 TIMES
Fear is something everyone will experience
Ann Landers, “1 problem above all others seems to be fear. People are afraid of losing their Job, their wealth & their loved ones people are afraid of Life itself.” God understands
There are three major means of fear in our lives
As a means of DEFENSE
This is so called HEALTHY FEAR what keeps us from telling our boss off Or running down middle of the highway.
Read about mom worried about speeders near son’s school Decided to scare those lead foots, so morning she would park her car in front of school & point her black hair dryer shaped like a radar gun, out of window at speeding cars. The effect was dramatic as drivers slowed down
Fear is a God given defense mechanism from harm for good
Fear is also As a method of DEFINITION
Recognizing who we are in relation to God\world
This is often used in Bible when it says
“For the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”
fear here is not terror but proper respect
This fear is acknowledging in healthy way need for God
As a measure of DEFEAT
This is the damaging fear worry, nightmare, terror, phobia. words describe common life-paralyzing event called fear Fear will make you damage yourself and others, tormenting. It will make you see yourself as being sick or dying.
Can make you see yourself as a failure. Old German proverb Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is This is the fear we are most familiar with God helps us
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NKJV
The threat in this scenario becomes overwhelming
2. Spirit of POWER
POWER - He Can Help You Through It
One way to rid self of fear is to focus on power of God
David says Ps 23:4 "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Bible says over & over Christians are empowered people
Äýíáìéò DUNAMIS strong’s 1411 Should be evidence of power beyond our strength
Lk 4:14, after Jesus tempted, was empowered
Acts 1:8, receive power of bear good news
1 Thess 1:5 gospel not just words but power
We make a spiritual impact on others
Will we accept God’s power in face of our fears?
Native American explained: "It seems, that I have 2 dogs fighting in my heart: 1 a very good dog, beautiful white dog this one is always watching out for my best interests. Other is very bad dog, a black dog, always trying to destroy things I want to build up. These dogs give me a lot of trouble because they’re always fighting each other." Friend asked Which one wins? Whichever one I give in to.