Grace Community Church

Love Conquers Fear

Given on March 29, 2020 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: 1 John 4:13-21
Sermon Series: Confident Christianity

Since we are not gathering as a body for our Sunday worship service we would encourage you to do a few things prior to listening to this message:
1)Begin with a time of prayer – focus on gratitude as well as petitions for God’s mercy in this time of need

2)Listen (and sing along if you can) to a few songs of praise – Some suggestions for this message:

“He Will Hold Me Fast” -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkRiOMJNuTU
“How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vmY2ztb5xc
“I Need Thee Every Hour” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZIMDcgrF-Q
“Feeling Low” -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVD-J_J4Z2s
“Lay It All Down (at the feet of Jesus)” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNacm6zR8eU

We will miss gathering as a group, but we are trusting the Lord will deepen your grasp of his astounding love!

What fears has the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the surface in your life? How are you attempting to deal with those fears? How would your fears be impacted if the risen Jesus were in the room with you? What does John tell us about how near the God of the universe actually is to believers today? Spend some time reflecting on Phil. 4:5b-7
John tells us that one of the ways we can know that we abide/live/remain in God is through the gift of his Spirit. As you look at this passage, what does John indicate is the primary mark of the Spirit’s work in our lives? Since the Holy Spirit is also called the “Spirit of truth” and Jesus refers to our adversary as the “Father of Lies”, what does that indicate about the nature of “spiritual warfare” in our lives? Any lies about the love of God you are being duped by?
Would you say that your primary motivation to follow the Lord’s commands flows from a heart amazed by his wonderful love or a heart fearful of being punished? Proverbs 1:7 tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and John claims that perfect love drives out fear. How can we reconcile these two truths? Is it possible to fear God and not be afraid of his punishment?