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Faith, Fear, and The Holy

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Exploring the paradox of faith and fear in the presence of the Holy.

Text: Luke 8:22-25
Date: 11/13/2022, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 82

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Our discussion of the voyage Jesus and His disciples took to the "other side" continues as we turn our attention to the aftermath of the storm. Initially, our focus will shift to the stunning revelation of Christ's Deity, as He commands the elements of Creation to be still-- and they obey. We will then analyze the paradox between faith and fear. In particular, we will notice how the circumstantial fear of the storm worked to destroy the disciples' faith, while the more intense fear of "the Holy" built it up. We will grapple with the idea of "the Holy" and how essential it is to give God the glory in order for fear to lead to true faith. Ultimately, in preparation for the taking of the Lord's Supper, we will turn to the Means of Grace and particularly the Word of God for our own "encounter" with faith, fear and the Holy.

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 8:22-25.
A. Context, vs. 22-23.
1. The physical journey to the "other side".
2. The figurative journey.
B. The fear of the Holy.
1. Jesus calms the storm, vs. 24.
a. The disciples' circumstantial fear, vs. 24a, Matt. 8:25, Mark 4:38.
b. The stunning revelation of Deity, vs. 24b.
i. The force of the word "rebuke", Mark 4:39.
ii. Christ's power and authority, Gen. 1:1-2, John 1:1-3, Heb. 1:1-2.
iii. Revealing the God-Man, John 1:14.
2. The reaction to the revelation, vs. 25.
a. Jesus' reaction to the disciples, vs. 25a.
b. The disciples' reaction to Jesus, vs. 25b.
i. The fear of the Divine.
1) A common reaction, Isa. 6:5, Prov. 9:10.
2) Fear of the supernatural, Luke 5:8.
ii. The disciples' awe.
iii. The disciples' assessment.
1) The extent of Jesus' power.
2) Power and authority.
3. Faith and worship, Matt. 6:10, Rev. 7:9-12.
C. Interpretation
1. "Faith-killing" fear.
a. The foundations of true faith.
b. Confrontation with debilitating fear.
c. A circumstantial calm, John 6:70-71, Rom. 1:21.
2. "Faith-increasing" fear, Rev. 1:17.
III. Application
A. Seeking an encounter with the Holy.
B. Ways to have an encounter with the Holy.
1. Going to the "other side".
2. The Means of Grace.
3. The Word of God.
C. Having an encounter with the Holy, Isa. 6:1-5, Rev. 19:6-10.
IV. Conclusion

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