It is difficult to argue with this observation: We live in an age that seems to be increasingly hostile to the Gospel. And, in such an age, it is tempting to compromise our message, to cower in the shadows, and to fear man. But, in the text before us, Jesus calls us not to fear, but to be a people of faith. As He does so, he calls us to beware of the sin of hypocrisy, to remember the reality of Hell, and to trust in the power of the Holy Spirit as we seek to live faithfully for Jesus. We also trust in the promises of the Lord, in the success of the Gospel, and in the advance of the Kingdom!
To help you with your study of this topic, we are also including the study questions prepared each week for our congregation. May the Lord use them, and the sermon, to be a blessing to you. You will find them, as well as a short prayer, directly below the audio link.
From Fear to Faith
Series: Luke – A Prescription for Doubtful Souls
Pastor James McDonald
- What is hypocrisy? Why does Jesus compare it to leaven? How has your hypocrisy affected your life?
- When will all our words finally be revealed? What comfort can the Christian take from this truth?
- If we desire to live faithfully, what will that bring? How can we live faithfully in the midst of trouble?
- What is Hell? Did Jesus believe in Hell? Do you?
- What lessons can we learn from sparrows and hair? How can this remove our fear? How should this motivate our witness for Jesus?
- What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
- What promise of faith can we take away from verses 11-12?
- Consider your life. Do you live in fear or in fatih? Who is your true lord? Of what do you need to confess, even today?
Mighty Father, when I consider who I am, who I really am in the depth of my soul, I am always astounded that You chose me to be Yours. You subdued my selfish and evil desires and gave life to my dead heart. When I reflect on what You have done for me, I am reminded that You have the power to save anyone…anyone! As I ponder this, remembering Your power, Your strength, and Your love, I ask that You would use me to proclaim the reality of Your Kingdom through my words and deeds. Strengthen me, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to reverence You, not to fear man, and to live my life in accord with Your gracious calling. In Jesus Name – Amen!