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The Fear of God (7 of 7)
Series: God's Answer for Your Fears
Pastor Jeff Schreve
So if you have your Bibles, please turn to Proverbs chapter 1. We've been in a series on Wednesday nights talking about fear, "God's Answer for Your Fears." And tonight, we're going to finish up with a message on "The Fear of God, The Fear of God."
Did you know the Bible says, tells us over and over about the fear of God? That phrase, "The fear of the LORD" is used 25 times in the Bible. It's used 14 times just in the book of Proverbs, "The fear of the LORD." And there are other instances in the Bible where they talk about the fear of God, or the fear of Him, or we're to fear Him. Arguably, the fear of God is the most important theological concept in all the Bible. See, the Bible says in Proverbs chapter 1 and verse 7, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." The Bible tells us in Proverbs chapter 9, verse 10 that, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…" So you could make a case that the fear of the Lord is the most important theological concept in all of the Bible because it is the foundation from which we interact and we have a relationship with God. So we want to talk tonight about this very, very important subject, "The Fear of the LORD."
Now we've been talking about the fear of man, the fear of the future, the fear of failure, all these different fears. And God doesn't want us to fear those things, but He does want us to fear Him! And that's why He tells us over and over and over and over again to fear Him.
Proverbs 23, verse 17 tells us to live in the fear of the LORD always. "Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the LORD always." So we want to look at that really important subject, "The Fear of the Lord," and answer three key questions.
Question number one: What does it mean to fear the Lord? What exactly does that mean? If I'm commanded, Proverbs 23:17, "Live in ...
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