Why are We Afraid?

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May 5, 2016 by Joseph Krohn


  • What are somethings that people can be afraid of?   Here is a few fears from the list of the top 100 fears
  1. Arachnophobia – The fear of spidersaffects women four times more (48% women and 12% men).
  2. Acrophobia – The fear of heights. Five percent of the general population suffer from this phobia.
  3. Claustrophobia – The fear of small spaces like elevators, small rooms and other enclosed spaces.
  4. Monophobia – The fear of being alone. Even while eating and/or sleeping.
  5. Alektorophobia – The fear of chickens. You may have this phobia if chickens make you panic.
  6. Xenophobia – The fear of the unknown. Fearing anything or anyone that is strange or foreign.
  7. Somniphobia – The fear of sleep. Being terrified of what might happen right after you fall asleep.
  8. Bananaphobia – The fear of bananas. If you have this phobia, they are scary.
  9. Disposophobia – The fear of getting rid of stufftriggers extreme hoarding.
  10. Numerophobia – The fear of numbersand the mere thought of calculations.
  11. Ombrophobia – The fear of rain. Many fear the rain due to stormy weather.

 READ: Matthew 8:23-27

Jesus asked His disciples: “Why are ye fearful?” (v.26)

  • Is Jesus serious? Isn’t it obvious what they were afraid of?  Why did Jesus say it?

[Matthew remembered: “Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him.  A great storm arose on the lake so that waves covered the boat”]

Behold there arose suddenly a great tempest” – Gr. “seismos” from where we get our world seismologist (studies earthquakes) or seismograph (measures earthquakes) [Same word used in Matt. 27:51-54 when the ground shook after Jesus’ death]

The Gospels list 125 commands given by Jesus.  Of these 21 urge us to “not be afraid” or “not to fear” or “to have courage” or “to take heart” or “to be of good cheer.”  The second most common command, to love God and love your neighbour appears only 8 times


  • What do these statistics tells us about how Jesus views fear? [He takes it seriously]



Matthew 10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy FEAR3sins be forgiven thee.

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Luke 8:50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. [a little girl died, Jesus raised her amidst mockers]

Matthew 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. [Jesus walking on the water]

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 3 I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Luke 24:38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? [Jesus appears to His disciples after his resurrection]

Matthew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Matthew 17:7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. [Mount of Transfiguration]


  • What would a life be like without fear? Imagine, no dread of failure, rejection, or calamity!


  • Does serving Jesus mean that will never face frightening things? [No – “Getting on board with Christ can mean getting soaked with Christ. Disciples can expect rough seas and stout winds.”]


  • How does fear affect our confidence in God’s goodness? [It corrodes our confidence in Him. We begin to wonder if love lives in heaven at all]


  • Does fear hinder worship? [Yes – it costs to love unreservedly and unhindered]  What is the danger of worshipping “safely”? [Can stop you from true worship or doing something great for God]


  • Why do you think Jesus used that statement: “Don’t be afraid” so much?


  • How can we stop from being afraid?


In Matthew 8:23-27, what connection does Jesus make between fear and faith (v.26)? – fear and faith are opposites [If Jesus is in your boat, whether he seems wide awake or sound asleep, you have nothing to fear]


John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

  • What promises does Jesus give about living in this world?
  • What does Jesus offer to His followers? On what is this offer based?


2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


“Fear may fill our world but it doesn’t have to fill our hearts”

See: Fearless, by Max Lucado



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