Huddles: Spring 2019
Below is the plan for you to follow as you lead out this study. At the end of this post we have attached the full curriculum that includes some very helpful Bible background and commentary to help you as you prepare to lead. Our prayer for you is that the Lord will bring this Scripture to life in your own life and that your leading will be an overflow from that! Let us know if you have any questions.
The Lead In
It’s difficult to say which of the five arrows we’re discussing packs the most punch in most people’s lives, but I definitely think the arrow of Fear may very well be the frontrunner.
Fear is often a natural response to a million different situations, but it is more often borne out of one thing: the unknown, especially when there is perceived danger ahead. When we don’t know for sure what’s coming, fear is the natural placeholder in our minds and hearts. Take a minute and pray for the unknowns your students are facing today.
Today’s talk is about the role fear plays in our lives. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever been through? [This could be a silly scary or a very real, traumatic scary, so be open to either.] What is your definition of the word “fear”?
Today we’re doing to talk about what we do with fear, the Enemy’s desire to keep fear in your life, and what to do with it when it comes up. Let’s start with prayer.
- What is YOUR #1 fear? (Feel free to share the list below from 2016; you might give the technical phobia name first and ask if anyone knows what that is the “fear of”.)
- 10. TRYPOPHOBIA: FEAR OF HOLES
- 9. AEROPHOBIA: FEAR OF FLYING
- 8. MYSOPHOBIA: FEAR OF GERMS
- 7. CLAUSTROPHOBIA: FEAR OF SMALL SPACES
- 6. ASTRAPHOBIA: FEAR OF THUNDER AND LIGHTNING
- 5. CYNOPHOBIA: FEAR OF DOGS
- 4. AGORAPHOBIA: FEAR OF OPEN OR CROWDED SPACES
- 3. ACROPHOBIA: FEAR OF HEIGHTS
- 2. OPHIDIOPHOBIA: FEAR OF SNAKES
- 1. ARACHNOPHOBIA: FEAR OF SPIDERS
- When was the last time fear stopped you from doing something?
There are two kinds of fear: good fear and bad fear. The good fear (read Psalm 111:10) should be understood and encouraged. The bad fear (read 2 Timothy 1:7) should be overcome and moved past.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
- The Hebrew word for “fear” is “yirah,” and it’s better translated “awestruck” or “reverence.”
- Are you in awe of God? Why or why not? Do you know enough about Him to be in awe of Him? The verse is saying that our wisdom starts when we are awestruck by God.
- Why is viewing God as “awesome” so important? How can it help with fears you face?
2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
- In this verse, the Greek word for “fear” or “fearfulness” is “deilia,” and it is translated “cowardice.” What is the opposite of cowardice? Put this verse into your own words.
- Do you think fear is “all in your mind”? In other words, do you think you can talk yourself out of fear, or do you need help?
- What do you think God’s view of fear is?
Have someone read 1 John 4:18.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
- How is love the opposing force of fear?
- What difference does it make in your life to know that you are loved, no matter what?
- Does God’s love for you really “cast out fear”? Why or why not?
Satan’s arrow of fear is aimed at your heart, and he’s lurking in the shadows so you don’t know which directions he’s attacking from. If he can strike you with fear, he can stop you from moving in faith.
Read Psalm 119:105.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
- What happens to the darkness of fear when God’s light shines on it?
- What are some other practical ways you can combat fear?
- Satan is trying right now to get you to see fear as a thick, concrete wall, but in reality, it’s a thin, wet tissue. If he can keep you in the dark, he thinks you won’t know the difference. What is one thing you can do this week to move forward in faith?
Last Word and Application
Close in prayer for one another after each person has answered the last question. Encourage each person to pray for the person across from them, and next week, come ready to share how you took that faith step away from fear.
Other Bible verses and quotes on fear…
- “Don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen.”
- “Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.”
—W. Clement Stone
- “Have a not commanded you? Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you where you go.” Joshua 1:9
- “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
- “God doesn’t take away your fears… …He walks you through them.”
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