A righteous fear of God
Scott Wood kicked off the new sermon series entitled Entrusted on Sunday, 30 September.
Preaching for 2 Timothy 1:1-7, Scott opened the series by asking if we have a righteous fear of God - not a physical or an emotional fear, but a fear of reverence and respect.
It seems it should be easy to live out of life of love and self-discipline after accepting Jesus into our lives, right? Unfortunately, it is not so easy. Our fear of rejection, of sacrificing something we hold dear, or our fear of God himself may prevent us from living a life full of love.
Scott gave encouragement by reminding us, from 2 Timothy, that in God we can have the power of faith that conquers fear.
The one we are to "fear" gives us the spirit of power, love, and of sound mind:
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
A life of faith can be scary - we may not know where God will take us or know what God will have us do. But, we can be encouraged to know that the same God we are to fear with reverence is the same God who gives us the power, love, and a sound mind to live a life of faith.
Watch the clip from Scott's sermon below to hear more: