Fear Not: Of Judgment | Digging Deeper

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Sermon from Jan. 12, 2020

The fear of judgment is a much bigger issue in our lives than we realize. As children, we cave in to peer pressure to avoid the judgement of our “friends.” As adults, we make bad choices and lifestyle decisions when we fear other people more than we fear God. And all of us have a deep-seated understanding that we will one day face God as our ultimate judge. This week we discuss reasons why we no longer need to live in fear of judgement.


  1. Some people use fear as a tactic to control others. When in your life did you either use this tactic or have someone else use this tactic on you? What might be a better approach?

  2. What do we learn about the “day of judgement” from these 3 passages: Revelation 20:11-15; Acts 17:30-31; 2 Timothy 4:1

  3. Read 1 John 4:7-21. How does John link the love of God with a reason why we believers in Jesus need not fear judgement?

  4. During the sermon, Pastor Eric defined fear as “the emotional response to a real or perceived threat.” How is reality an antidote to fear?

  5. How does your anxiety level affect your family, friends & others around you?

  6. Contrast 1 John 4:18 with Proverbs 1:7, which would seem to contradict each other. How can we reconcile these 2 verses?

  7. How does Paul’s statement in Romans 8:15 compare with 2 Timothy 1:7?


Regardless of how much faith we have, all us go through storms and all of us will face judgment. Yet, those who trust in Jesus have no reason to fear either storms or judgement. Pray that the Spirit of adoption would free you fully from the slavery of fear & anxiety.


There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:18
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