Why would your church do a sermon series on the topic of fear? There are tons of reasons!
For one, the phrase “fear not” is scattered throughout the Bible. Apparently, us humans have the propensity toward being afraid. So fear is an important topic – specifically, how we deal with it and look to God as our source of peace. Plus, a “fear” sermon series would be perfect in October, around Halloween time. Since Halloween has become a huge holiday for fright and chills, you could piggyback off the theme of the month but bring the truth of the Bible to the topic.
But this sort of sermon series doesn’t have to be limited to just the month of October. There are tons of times throughout the year that people deal with fears. People are afraid of being alone around the holidays. They’re afraid of the economy. The state of the world. Terrorism. Their personal finances. Fear is a huge part of many of our lives, and we need to learn how to deal with it the way God tells us to deal with it.
Check out some of the Bible verses that deal with this topic. Then check out some of the great ideas for sermon series ideas that deal with fear.
Verses that Reference Fear
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.” – Psalm 91:1-7
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