Fear Not: In The Storm | Digging Deeper

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Sermon from January 5th 2020

Anxiety, worry & fear are not a new problem; they have plagued mankind ever since the serpent tempted Eve to doubt God. That is why God’s word has so much to say on the subject of fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear, yet fear prevents us from walking in the power, love & self-control that God desires for all of His children. (2 Timothy 1:7)


  1. Read Matthew 8:23-27. The disciples faced a storm, even though they were just following the instructions of Jesus. What does this tell us about the nature of “storms” in our life?

  2. Jesus was asleep on the boat during the storm! Describe a time in your life when you felt like God was asleep during a crisis you were going through.

  3. Compare the “calming of the storm” passage above with the account of Jesus walking on water, found in Mark 6:45-51. What similarities and differences do you see?

  4. During the sermon, Pastor Eric said, “We have a choice to make when it comes to fear. We can choose to fear or choose to trust Jesus.” Do you believe fear is a choice? Why or why not?

  5. Read Jeremiah 1:4-8. Who are more likely to be afraid: The young or the old? Why?

  6. What reasons did Joshua have to fear as he led the nation of Israel as successor to Moses? What “keys to courage” did God provide in Joshua 1:5-9?

  7. In Judges 7:2-8, God instructed Gideon to reduce the size of his army by eliminating the fearful & the reckless. In what ways does fear rob us of opportunities to be used by God?


Fear can be turned into fruit. What would it take for you to exchange the spirit of fear in your life for the spirit of power, love & self-control? Pray that God would make you strong and courageous in the midst of any & every storm in your life.


…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7
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