Weekend Reflections: Fear to Faith – Slaves to Sons

The theme of Fear to Faith seems to have been a bit of a reoccurring theme for us over the last few weeks.

Both Andrew and Allan touched on it again this weekend.

Andrew in particular encouraged us to think of ourselves as sons (and daughters) not as slaves.

Romans 8:15 and 16 says this:

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.


This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!

The Message

God’s Spirit doesn’t make us slaves who are afraid of him. Instead, we become his children and call him our Father. God’s Spirit makes us sure that we are his children.


I’ve posted a few different versions to try and help us to get the full meaning of what is being said here.

Our position is quite clear – we are not fearful slaves we are children by faith.

Sometimes it’s best just to let the Bible speak for itself and that’s what I’m going to do this week. So that is where I am going to finish other than to leave you with a few questions:

  • What is it that you are fearful of?
  • What are you going to do about that fear because fearful isn’t where God wants you to be living?
  • How can we help you to move from fear to faith?
  • How can you celebrate being a child?