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 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

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.

Zig Ziglar says: FEAR is: False Evidence Appearing Real

Why God has given us spirit of power

We cannot live for God by self alone

3. Spirit of LOVE

LOVE - He Cares For You, You’re Not Alone

Not sweet sentimentality

PãÜðç AGAPE Strong’s 26 self-giving cannot be earned love

Bible says simply God is love. Love is God’s chief gift to us Love for others, for the congregation,

Learn to turn yourself & loved ones to love & care of God. Ps 34:8 encourages "Taste and see that the Lord is good."

1 Jn 4:18 NRSV There is no fear in love,

but perfect love casts out fear;

fears can be controlling, give ourselves to God’s love

Rom 8:15 we did not receive the spirit

that makes you a slave again to fear

4. Spirit of A SOUND MIND

Self Control strength in the face of persecution\fear

Doesn’t mean we will never have fear, everyone does

Gen. Patton great military leader said dealing w\fear is key The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine. When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all of your fears and go ahead!

Patton considered self a coward could do it, but went ahead Control of self in face of panic or passion,

Jesus will give us self-mastery Jesus keeps us from being swept away

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Don’t be afraid of what people can do to you.

Don’t be afraid of what the devil tries to do.

God has given us MORE. HOLY SPIRIT who dwells in us

presence gives us a ’wise head’, to discern and understand,not easily deceived

How I handle fear will EFFECT OTHERS

Stephen Freed asked daughter "Elizabeth, what will you do if I end up like Granddaddy someday?" Watching man slowly deteriorate from an incurable disease has been painful The 15-year-old daughter, said "I don’t know, Dad," she answered. "But I’m watching you to find out."

Sound mind gives us perspective

Courage is fear that has said its prayers – Karl Barth

Does not mean no fear, but sound mind, love and power

Stanley Jones “I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry & anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith & confidence than by fear, doubt & anxiety. In anxiety & worry, my being is gasping for breath these are not my native air. But in faith & confidence, I breathe freely--these are my native air. We are inwardly constructed in nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not for fear. God made us that way.

Don’t feed your fear! Don’t dwell on it. more we entertain it, the more it controls you. Fear will take control of you, only if you allowed it! Feed your faith starve your fears

Isa 41:13 I am holding you by your right hand, the LORD your God. And I say to you, Do not be afraid. I am here to help you.

Stir up the flame of God in you Vs 6

What are your fears? Have you given those to God?