Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bible Talk on Fear

Here are some notes of the last Bible Talk I did on campus

Q? Are you afraid of some animals? What makes you scared of them?
Often, we are afraid because we know that they can hurt us... they can have poison, or big teeth, or rabies.
Q? Are you afraid of anything else?

What is fear? It is a distressing sensation caused by a perceived danger (paraphrased from Wikipedia.)
Fundamentally, fear is something good. It is about our survival. It means that if we are in danger from something with big sharp teeth, we better do something about it.

But more abstract fears, like fear of public speaking or fear of exams are a lot less meaningful.

Q? What is the inverse of fear? One of them is peace.
And the Bible has a lot to say about that...

Psalm 23: If we are aware that a mighty shepherd is there and watching over us, it is easier to be at peace.

Philippians 4:6-9 This is very rich... it talks about how we need to put our needs before God, remember what God has done for us, and feed our minds with good things.

2 Timothy 1:7 Letting the Spirit in us will help us have peace too.
Q? How do we let the Spirit's power in us?

But still... should we be afraid of something?
Yes, the primordial kind of fear, that one that is about protecting our lives from a wolf or a bus is still relevant.
But there is another fear that is very important, and that is the fear of the Lord.

Luke 12:4-5 Jesus is clear that we need to fear God. And that fear is multi-faceted, meaning both being afraid, as well as having real reverence.

And what those that mean pratically?
2 Corinthians 7:12 to purify ourselves from sin and grow in holiness. How? a) by being washed in the blood of Christ and b) removing sin from our lives so that we stay cleaner in between washes.

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