Let Us Come to Fear: Part 1 – Fear God?!

Recently I spoke at the Lectureships at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama.  My assigned passage and topic was “Let us Come to Fear” Hebrews 4:1.  What I post today is Pt 1 of the outline I developed and used for the lecture.  It seemed to me that folks received it well.

Let Us Come to Fear

BSMc – 03.06.2012


  • Born with two fears:
    • Falling
    • Noise
    • Before long we learn others
    •  Phobos – Panic or flight
    • Awe or reverence
    • Phoberos – causing terror (terrible)
    • Phobeo – to be alarmed (afraid)
    • Entromos – tremble with fear

The Negative Impact of Fear

  • Paralyze – “what if I fail?”
  • Lead to defeat – Numbers 13 – 10 of 12 spies.
  • Influence others to fear – Jos 14:8
  • Leads to disobedience
  • Prevent salvation – Rev 21:8

Conquering Negative Fear

  • Faith – Phi 4:13
  • Examine self – 2Co 13:5
  • Accept Responisbility – Ecc 12:13
  • Repent – Luk 13:3

Fear and Trembling is not a concept we explore often

  • “No Fear” is a common theme
  • Want to hear of love, joy, peace . . .
  • This maybe a reaction to “hell, fire, and brimstone” sermons of yesteryear.
  • Remember Rom 11:22, “Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.”

Lack of Fear for God

  • Leads to a lack of commitment
  • Leads to a lack of purity (sexual immorality, MDR, Gambling, changes in worship)
  • Leads to apathy in evangelism
  • A greater fear of man – Heb 13:6
    • This was Peter’s sin in Gal 2:11-12
    • To keep from falling into Peter’s trap we need an overruling fear of God!

Heb 4:1, “Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.”

  • Phobeo – be alarmed (be frightened / be afraid)
  • Proper fear of the Lord includes:
    • Awe (reverence / respect) – Heb 12:28-29
    • Being afraid to offend God – Mat 10:28
    • Shaking in our boots – Phi 2:12

There is a Place for Fear

  • Pro 1:7 – Fear is the beginning of knowledge
    • Want to know what God expects (demands)
    • Will search His will
    • Deu 31:10-13 – “to learn to fear the Lord your God.”
    • Consider Rom 2:4-11 – Do you fear God now?
    • Pro 16:6 – “by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.”

Heb 4:1-13

  • Fear leads to effort to change for the better
  • Hebrew writer gives reasons to Fear God.
    • God’s record against the disobedient – Heb 4:5-6
    • God’s word is the standard – Heb 4:12
      • His word opens us to true examination
  • God sees all people and all that we do – Heb 4:13
  • BE AFRAID! Be very afraid!

Part 2 – Developing Fear

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