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

The Abundant Church

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Count Me In

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A Call to Action

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A Brand New Day

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