Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday, July 11, 2010



              Salvation, John 3:3; Gal. 3:26.  Fellowship, the SL, 1 Jn 1:5; Rom 6:11-14. Spiritual growth, Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 10:3-5; Rev 3:21.



Irrationality and the Sin of Fear


A.  Faith, Bible Doctrine, and Reason vs Irrational, Anti-intellectual Blind “Faith” (e.g. Religionism and Mysticism), 1 Sam 17:37; 17:11.   

            1.  Biblical Faith is never a blind leap.

            2.  There are three aspects of biblical faith. 

                        (a)   #1, what we believe. 

                        (b)   #2, its veracity.

                        (c)   #3, trust.

            3.  Reason is a gift/tool from God so that man can understand the world, truth, and gain knowledge. 

            4.  The two chief heretical extremes in relation to faith and reason.

                        (a)   Fideism:  anti-intellectualism;  theologism; faith without reason.                                   

                        (b)   “Pure” rationalism: reason without faith (impossibility, i.e. faith in reason breaks down; also there is the logical fallacy of begging the question).   

            5.  All misconceptions about reality, both inside and outside of Christianity, are driven by the above two false views: fideism and “pure” rationalism. 

            6.   The proper role of reason and faith is illustrated in David (and all spiritual heroes) in contrast to the irrationality of Saul and loser believers.

            7.   Lack of faith on the part of any believer is irrational.

            8.   Summary of how faith and reason work together in Scripture. 

            9.   The Christian is never called to blind faith—and certainly not to any type of anti-intellectualism, fideism, or mysticism.


B.  The Sin and Evil of Fear.

            1.   What makes sinful fear so evil is its lack of trust in God, 1 Sam 17:11; 2 Tim 1:7; Rom 14:23; Gen 32; Js 1:5-8.

            2.  God has devised a plan to deliver every believer from fear and anxiety, 2 Tim 1:7; Philip 4:4-6; Gen 15:1; Rev 1:17; Ex 14:13-14; Dt 31:8; Isa 41:10; Heb 11:27; 13:6; Psa 56:3-4; Rom 8:31-32; Heb 2:14-15; Jer 23:4; Dt 20:1; Neh 4:14; Psa 112:7; Job 41:25; Psa 34:4.

            3.   God is always faithful! During times of stress or fear, the believer can always rest in the faithfulness of God, Lam 3:21-25; 1 Cor 1:9; 10:13; 1 Thess 5:24; 2 Thess 3:3; 2 Tim 2:13;  Heb 10:23; Js 1:19; 1 Jn 1:9; Rev 19:11.

            4.  Failure for the believer to triumphant over earthly fears through a relationship with God, will preclude or debar him from advancing into the promised life of greater grace blessings, Num 13:27-14:9; 1 Sam 17.

            5.    The solution to all problems of fear always comes down to biblical, doctrinal faith, Mat 14:22‑33.  

                        (a)  Faith in the Plan of God.

                        (b)  Faith in the presence of God, Mt 28:20; Heb 13:6-7.

                        (c)  Faith in the promises of God.

                        (d)  Growth in personal love for God, 1 Jn 4:18.

            6.   Through an active and growing spiritual life, the believer is able to parlay all of his fears into biblical trust—thus into power, strength, and confidence, Psa 56. 

            7.   Failure to parlay fear into trust will result in stress, despondency and depression, 1 Kings 19:1‑18. 

            8.   Recovery from fear, anxiety, and depression is only possible by returning to the God of the Bible—by returning to a healthy growing spiritual life, Deut 20:3‑4; 31:6; Psalm 27:14; 37:7; 91; 55:22; 56:3-4; Prov 2:8; 3:5‑6; Isa 26:3; 30:15; 41:10;  40:29‑31; 2 Chron 20:15; Jn 16:33; 1 Cor 10:13; Heb 13:6.

            9.   Faith in God’s providence removes fear of an uncertain future, Mat 10:31, Prov 3:25-26; Hebrews 11:23-27.

            10.  Faith in God’s provision of the Holy Spirit removes fear of inability and weakness, 2 Tim 1:7; Jn 14:16-17; Eph 3:20; Acts 1:8.

            11.  Faith in God’s unconditional perfect love cultivates a reciprocal personal love for God that removes fear/terror/dread/suspicion of God, 1 John 4:18.

            12.   Faith in God’s perfect provisions removes fear of suffering, Rev 2:10;  1 Pet 3:13-15. 

            13.  Faith in the presence of God removes fear of death, Psa 23:4; 2 Cor 5:8; Hebrews 2:14-15.

            14.   Faith in the promises of God enables any believer to become fearless, strong and courageous regardless of the circumstances of life, Joshua 1:5-9.

            15.   Faith in the promises of God removes fear and thus develops capacity inside the believer to receive and enjoy the tremendous greater grace blessings of God, 1 Pt 5:6-7; Numbers 14:8-24; Prov 3:5-6.



C.   David’s victory over Goliath, 1 Sam 17:12-58.