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Summary: Paul instructed Timothy that in his Christian 'toolbelt' he had 3 tools by which he could overcome fear in his walk with Christ. The 1st of those tools we heard last week, it is the POWER of God! This morning we will look at the 2nd tool, the LOVE of God.

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SERMON BRIEF

Date Written: January 17, 2015

Date Preached: January 18, 2015

Church: OPBC (AM) Sunday

FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTS

Title: Love Overcomes Fear

Text: 1 John 4:10-19 (ESV)

ETS: Scripture makes it clear that fear and love do not coexist.

ESS: Today’s passage is clear to the believer today, if you believe and have rec’d Jesus, His love indwells you and HIS love drives away all fear… so fret not about this world, because greater is He that is in YOU than He that is in the world.

Introduction:

Here we are Jan 18th & looking ahead to what’s left of 2015… its week 3 now, how are you doing? Have you allowed God to cleanse your fear?

2 weeks ago, you heard how God’s plan for the believer was NOT fear, but to learn about Him and share Him with the world!

Last week we looked at one particular tool we can use as believers and that to rely on the power of God in our lives! The same power that created the universe abides in our hearts… rest in that power and you won’t find yourself fearing….

Today I want us to look at the 2nd tool in our tool belt for battling fear and overcoming anxiety in the kingdom. That tool is LOVE! Paul speaks about love being the all-important thing here in our walk with Christ!

If we are going to live in this world and overcome the fear this world brings to our doorstep…we have to FIRST allow the POWER of God to flow through our lives, but we also must cover and immerse ourselves in God’s love!

This morning we are going to look at the love of God and how it is an effective tool in overcoming fear! Any fear this world or the Enemy can throw our way… God’s love can and will help us to overcome that fear…

Turn with me to the letter of 1st John and I want us to read a few verses from chapter 4…v7-21 [show verses now].

7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9In 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. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

13By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.

Now here comes the really super cool part about God’s love that we ALL need to know and understand! John says,


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