Prepared by William Earnhardt for Sabbath School class, April 22, 2023.
Main Theme: To fear God means to be in awe of His love and power. This fear causes us to reverence Him in our hearts and in the way we live our lives.
Read in Class: Revelation 14:7. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: What specific instruction does he give us?
Apply: What has been your own experience of fearing God? How would you explain to someone, in a positive way, why “the fear of God” is something good?
Share: Your friend quotes Ecclesiastes 8:11, and says that people today have no reason to fear God, because sinners never get their just due anymore. They get away with everything! What do you tell your friend? See Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
Read in Class: Deuteronomy 6:2, Psalm 119:73-74, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: What is the result of fearing God?
Apply: How do Jesus’ words here “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:28, NKJV) help us understand what it means to fear God?
Share: Your friend states, that Revelation 21:7-8 says the fearful will be thrown into the lake of fire. Why is God throwing the fearful into the lake of fire if we are supposed to fear God? How would you answer your friend, and how would what we read in Matthew 10:28 help?
Read in Class: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and Romans 12:1-2. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: How do these passages help us understand one way that we can glorify God? What appeal does the apostle Paul make regarding the totality of our life choices?
Apply: Think about what you do with your body. What can you do to make sure that you are, indeed, glorifying God with it?
Share: Your friend asks, what is the difference between glorifying God with our bodies because we fear Him, and glorifying God because we are afraid of Him? For a hint: Read Exodus 20:20 in the NKJV and then Read Exodus 20:20 in the ERV.
Read in Class: Hebrews 4:14-16 and Hebrews 7:25. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: What is the means of overcoming and living lives that “fear God” and “give Him glory?”
Apply: Are there things in your life you desire to overcome? How can we translate our desires into action? What practical steps can we take to be one of Revelation’s “overcomers”?
Share: How do we teach children to fear us without being afraid of us? How can we show others how to fear God without being afraid of Him?