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A Biblical response to a climate of fear

As we approach the end of 2020, we reflect on what has been a monumental year. A year we will believe that will prove to have greatly accelerated the world towards the coming end-time climax as outlined in Scripture. Our respond to Covid-19 has been the main catalyst to this and the mainstream media has been bombarding us with worst-case scenarios and gloomy predictions.

This is led to a variety of negative responses within society such as increased anxiety, worry and tension. This is all epitomised by a climate of fear. Fear is defined as an ‘unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm’. The Christian is certainly not immune from this.

The Bible talks a great deal about fear, which can be either be extremely destructive to us spiritually or be an effective tool in reorienting us towards our God. This largely depends on what we are most fearful of.

We highly recommend the series of seven short talks below which unpack the topic of fear within the prism of our faith. These talks were delivered by Chris Prater who is one of the leaders at our church. Each talk is only 10 minutes long and provides a constructive toolkit which explores the concept of fear – a great resource in the current climate:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

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