Fear (Tony Ferraro): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

God’s plan for your life is peace, rest, and joy.

Study Verses

1 John 4:14-18, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 118:6, Luke 12:4-7, John 14:25-27, Romans 8:14-17

Key Points

  • We hold on to what we feel is comfortable, not realizing that what we’re grasping onto is fear. 
  • Self-examination doesn’t stop at the first layer. We must dig deeper to uncover what drives our fear.
  • Trusting God involves encountering uncomfortable situations. 
  • We struggle with fear because we don’t necessarily believe God is God. 
  • Real belief is when our knowledge turns into action. 
  • Fear causes us to isolate, take control, and protect ourselves. 
  • Fear paralyses us while caution moves us…it just moves with caution. 
  • We get to choose between trusting God with our fears or having our life run by them.
  • When we choose fear, we make a decision that we are safer relying on our own understanding and abilities than trusting God. 

ENCOUNTER

  • Fear is the belief that God does not exist. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What makes you answer in the way that you do?
  • What is the difference between fear and caution in terms of movement and taking steps of faith?
  • What does choosing comfort and convenience have in common with holding on to our fears?
  • Describe a time where you second guessed what God was doing in your life. What made you doubt His heart and presence?

FORMATION

  • Read 1 John 4:14-18. What does it mean to “acknowledge God”? How should our acknowledgement lead to reliance on Him? Why can’t fear exist where love is present?
  • Read Isaiah 41:10 and Psalm 118:6.  When we fear, what does that say about our belief in God’s presence and protection? How does God’s presence enable us to face any situation with security, courage, and hope?
  • Read Luke 12:4-7. How does fear causes us to lose sight of our value in God’s eyes?
  • Read John 14:25-27 and Romans 8:14-17. What enables us to have peace in this world? What role does the Holy Spirit play in addressing our fears?

EXPRESSION

  • What are the small fears that keep you from stepping into God’s purpose for your life?
  • In what situations do you find yourself fighting for control or isolating yourself from God and others? How is fear or anxiety driving this reaction to your circumstances?
  • God always leads us to places where faith is required. What is your next right step of faith? What is one action you know you need to take but fear is preventing you from doing so?

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