Have No Fear of Them

Matthew 10:25–31

Principle for Bible Reading

“Do not fear.” Jesus’s command can be hard to obey, but it is filled with promise. In this lab, John Piper shows us how Jesus helps his disciples (and us) battle fear.

View the outline.


Introduction/Prayer (00:00–00:32)

Jesus’s Commands (00:32–03:20)

  1. “Have no fear of them.” (Matthew 10:26)
  2. “Say in the light. . . proclaim on the housetops.” (Matthew 10:27)
  3. “Do not fear. . .” (Matthew 10:28)
  4. “Fear God.” (Matthew 10:28)
  5. “Fear not.” (Matthew 10:28)

Main point: Do not fear man. Fear God, and boldly proclaim his truth.

Jesus’s Arguments (03:20–10:25)

  1. If they malign you, then you are in good company with Jesus. If you are mistreated for his sake, you know that you are his. (Matthew 10:25)
  2. The truth will be revealed and vindicated one day. The things we say now about God will be proved by God before the world. (Matthew 10:26)
  3. Your enemies cannot destroy you. They can kill you, but they can not destroy. They can only dispatch you to heaven. (Matthew 10:28)
  4. God can destroy you, therefore you do not want him to be against you. God can do much greater harm to you than man. (Matthew 10:28)
  5. God pervasively governs all the details of the world, even the most insignificant things, like the death of a sparrow. And God values you more than the sparrows. And he is very attentive toward you. (Matthew 10:29–31)

Summary (10:25–11:45)

Study Questions

  1. Read through Matthew 10:25–31 one time and list all of the commands. Do you notice a theme in the commands?
  2. How many arguments does Jesus use in Matthew 10:25–31 to persuade his disciples not to fear? Identify them and say each of them in your own words.
  3. Why is it good news that we are “of more value than the sparrows” (Matthew 10:31)?

Recents Labs from John Piper

  1. “Love Builds Up” on 1 Corinthians 8:1–3
  2. “The Spirit in You Is Life” on Romans 8:10–11
  3. “You Are Not Your Own” on Romans 8:9
Piper: “If God numbers every hair on your head, he’s attentive to your every need.”