The words “fear of the Lord” appear over one hundred times in the Bible. But throughout scripture, God also tells his people not to fear. Is God contradicting Himself, or could the fear of the Lord mean something completely different than fear? As we discuss the meaning of the fear of the Lord, we’ll discover it has nothing to do with fear and everything to do with the way we engage with God daily.

Discussion Questions

What are you excited about for the New Year?

What makes you nervous about the New Year?

What comes to mind when you think about the phrase, “The fear of the Lord?”

Read 2 Timothy 1:7. If God has not given us a Spirit of fear how does that change/influence what you think about the fear of the Lord?

Read Isaiah 29:13 and Matthew 6:25-34. Based on these verses, what is the fear of the Lord really about?

Further Reading

Debt Matters

We are created to crave. We all want something. And we all realize that there’s something lacking in our lives, so we always want more. More food, more time, more money, more stuff. But with all of our desire for more, our ability to get more is always limited. So we...

Money Matters

Money is strange. You need it to live, yet it can squeeze the life right out of you. We shouldn’t find it surprising that God has a lot to say about money and our possessions. Far from being an off-limits conversation even in the church, your view of money reveals...

Seeing the Light

With photography, as an illustration, discover the power of seeing the light. God reminds us that “light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” Discover how you can see the light in your own life. Pick up a camera if you’re so inclined, but,...

Hidden for All to See

The arrival of God to earth could have been the most extravagant welcome ever seen—an all-out effort for an over-the-top celebration. But it didn’t happen that way. A few private announcements confirmed the arrival of Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah. But the Savior’s...

The Gift of Christ

The love of material things often steals our attention. This leads us to focus on growing our collection of possessions, even thinking that those items can somehow provide authentic, deep life satisfaction. And when our idea of Christmas revolves around a misplaced...