A NEW YEAR WITHOUT FEAR | 2 Timothy 1:1-7

What is the opposite of ‘faith?’ Many of us would reply that the opposite of faith is doubt: but we would be wrong. The opposite of faith is control. Many of us realized just how little we were in control of in the 2020 year and we feel paralyzed and frozen in fear from the pains and losses we experienced in 2020.  Do things have to stay that way?

What would it look like to live this new year without fear? As a follower of Jesus Christ, what would it be like to live without any fear in this new year?

Join us in 2 Timothy 1:1-7 as we see how we can live in this new year without fear. 

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Date: January 10, 2021
Series: A New Year Without Fear

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Lead Pastor, West Side Church


A New Year Without Fear 2 Timothy 1:1-7 

REVIEW> Last week we made a declaration as a church family for the new year and we said: We can’t control or choose our circumstances but we can choose and control our attitude in those circumstances. 

INTRO> God’s word is timeless so it’s always timely. In light of recent events and in light of everything that has happened over the past year, there is one word that dominates. It’s the word under and behind everything else, FEAR.

APP> There is an attitude and a way of thinking that has to get taken out with the trash. That the bible says over and over that we have to get rid of and that’s fear. By far, without a close second the number one command from God in the scriptures is to “fear not” Now, I need to help us out here, There are two main categories when it’s comes to fear (Really 3 when it comes to the fear of the lord but that’s a different sermon) 

  • Healthy Fear–  is a biological response to danger which causes action.
  • Un-healthy Fear is a chronic state of mind that is anxious about the future and paralyzed in the present. (the word that is used for fear here, δειλία deilia, is the only place in the NT that it’s used, and it can only be used negative. It’s used for a soldier who runs away in battle.)
  • This type of fear is a bondage the bibles says : “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” – Romans 8:15
  • This fear ultimately forfeits faith “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

3 common areas of fear: 

  • We fear losing what we have.
  • We fear getting what we don’t want.
  • We fear not getting what we need.

CONTEXT> When it comes to the attitude of fear, our passage addresses this directly. In verse 7 it says “a spirit of fear” most scholars agree that this isn’t a reference to the Holy Spirit, that’s why it’s not capitalized. It’s a grammatical tool called a metonymy. It means “attitude or character or mindset of fear” Which leads me to our Big Idea : 

Big Idea > As a follower of Jesus Christ I have nothing to fear in this new year.

APP> The apostle Paul, who is in prison getting ready to get his head cut off, is writing to an insecure pastor, Timothy. Who has a huge leadership position and is timid and fearful. Paul tells Timothy that God has given us provision to fight fear and he, I think, breaks it down into 3 categories. 

1) I will not fear circumstances- I have power.

  • The word that Paul uses here, we get a number of English words for. Dynamite is one of them but the closest word is the word dynamic. Dynamic describes activity and progress. 
  • In Verse 6 Paul tells Timothy to use the gift that God has given him which tells me that Timothy isn’t using the gift. 
  • Fear freezes you.
  • The power of God propels you forward.

2) I will not fear relationships- I have love. 

  • The word that Paul uses here is the famous word, agape. Which means divine love. Paul is telling this pastor that there will be conflict in his church and the cure for that conflict is love. Notice as well, the balance of power with love! 
  • All relationships fail because of a failure to love.

*ILL> Jon Climacus, was a 6th century monk who wrote the book, “The ladder of divine ascent” about wisdom and holiness. “Fear is the loss of assurance.” “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18 

APP> If you fear certain relationships, ask, “What does love require of me?”

3) I will not fear myself – I have self-control. 

  • The word that is used here is only used here in the entire bible. It’s a great word! 
  • “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5

How do I take my thoughts captive? 

  • Confess it to God.
  • Confess it to God’s people.
  • Replace it with God’s Word.


Big Idea > As a follower of Jesus Christ I have nothing to fear in this new year.


“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” Revelation 1:17-18 


“Holy God, we can be so full of fear at times – afraid of the unknown; afraid of what is beyond our control; afraid of what is strange to us.  And we know that fear stops us in our tracks, hinders our action, and gives excuse for not doing what you call us to do and what you empower us to do.  So we pray that you will give us courage, O God.  Give us strong hearts and open hands, that we might set aside our fear, and walk confidently into this world you have made.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.”