For the leader: There are three scripture passages to read this week. Make sure you leave time to really discuss these! Knowing, learning, and understanding scripture is one of the best ways to combat fear. Fear is often rooted in lies, and focusing on truth is one of our best defenses to believing lies!

All of us walk through life with occasional fear (hello 2020!). And it’s not always a bad thing. Fear is a byproduct of our ability to think about what might happen in the future, and it can protect us from harm (like the fear of touching a hot stove!). However, living with too much fear can cause us to be self-absorbed, distracted, and overly protective. But the good news is this: You don’t have to be afraid even when there’s something to be afraid of.

Start Talking

  • What were you most afraid of during childhood?
  • What is something “Silly” you might be afraid of? What is something you would say is legitimate fear you have?

What About You?

  • On a scale from 1 to 10, how fearful are you?
  • When fear comes your way, what is your go-to coping mechanism?
  • Have certain life events (that you have experienced) contributed to your level of fear?
  • Who is someone you know that lives a fearless life? What do you think contributes to their ability to not be controlled by fear?

Look It Up

Read Matthew 8:23–27, then the same account in Mark 4:35–41.

  •  What stands out to you?
  •  What details does Matthew point out that Mark doesn’t and vice versa?
  • If you could summarize the point of this story in one sentence, what do you think the authors are trying to get across?

Read Matthew 10:28–31.

  • What are some things people fear that can “kill the body but cannot kill the soul”?
  • How do these three passages encourage you in regards to fear?

What Now?

  • What is your biggest fear about the future?
  • What would it look like or sound like for you to take Peter’s advice and “cast all your cares on Jesus”?

Moving Forward

Consider listening to the song below this week! It, among many others, may help you replace fear with faith!

So I throw all my cares before You My doubts and fears don’t scare You.
You’re bigger than I thought You were You’re bigger than I thought.
So I stop all negotiations
With the God of all creation.
You’re bigger than I thought You were.

Bigger Than I Thought You Were
Written by Sean Curran, Natalie Sims, Allen Swoope © 2019 Worship Together Music


Additional Resources

Overcoming Fear with Faith by Joyce Meyer (Video)
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown (Book)
Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Your Feelings So They Don’t Control You by Joyce Meyer (Book)
Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley (Book)
Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruits of the Spirit by Beth Moore (Bible Study Book)