Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FREE Movie Night Showing of Silver Bells, December 13th at 7 P.M.



From the producers of God's Not Dead, an overly win-driven sportscaster (Bruce Boxleitner) goes too far and must perform community service during December as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army. At first he finds this humiliating, and in his self-pity determines to be the world’s worst bell ringer, but as he encounters the people behind the kettle, his life and especially his relationship with his son (Kenton Duty) is changed by something as simple as ringing a bell. Also starring Antonio Fargas as Major Melvin Lowell.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Deeper, Part 10 (1 John 4:17-18) Questions for Reflection

  
  Dig Deeper
In 1 John 4:18 the apostle John writes, “There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love” (HCSB). Later in a vision from God recorded in Revelation John declares, “Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify Your name?” (Revelation 15:4, KJV).  Many Scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments command us to fear the Lord, for example, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge and “Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (Proverbs 1:7 and    1 Peter 2:17).

How ought a Christian to reconcile John’s assertion, “There is no fear in love…” with numerous other commands to fear God? The answer lies in understanding there is a healthy and unhealthy fear of God. It is unhealthy for a Christian to fear punishment for sin because Jesus as our propitiation has taken that punishment therefore there is “now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 8:1). Growing in our understanding of God’s holiness, greatness and goodness are all motives for healthy fear of God.

What do the following Scriptures describe as unhealthy reasons for fear?

1 John 4:17-18--

Romans 8:15--

2 Timothy 1:7--

Hebrews 2:14-18--

What motives for a healthy fear of God are revealed in the following Scriptures?

Revelation 15:4--

Psalm 2:11; 112:1; 115:13; Proverbs 1:7; 14:27; 15:16; and Malachi 4:2--

Deuteronomy 10:12. 17--

1 Samuel 12:24--

Colossians 3:22--

Application

What specific ways to you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to cultivate a healthy fear and reject an unhealthy of God?