Peace. Forgiveness. Joy. Who doesn’t want more of those? Every time you are afraid, listen to Jesus’ words, look at his wounds, and believe in them. You will experience more peace, forgiveness and joy in your life.

Notes And Next Steps

John 20:19-31 + Part 3 of the series “The Journey: Moving Forward"

Fear does not mean you are weak or a worrier. Fear means you are human.

“The heart is deceitful above all things.” (Jeremiah 17:9)

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!" After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (John 20:19,20)

The Jewish leaders overpowered the Son of God.

Listen to Jesus’ words instead of listening to your fears.

Look at Jesus’ wounds instead of looking at your fears.

Do you want more joy in your life? Then get this. Jesus is the Lord.


  1. What is a current test of faith in your life? Clarify for yourself what it is proving to you, and what it is improving about you. For guidance, read James 1:2-18.
  2. Did today’s message correct any kind of misunderstanding you’ve had about fear? Explain this in writing, and send it to a friend (this will help you better understand and remember, and help your friend, too).
  3. What is one fear that you’ve been following, and instead you need to lead it in faith? What promise of Jesus in today’s message is going to make that possible?
  4. Watch this song video by Christian artist Zach Williams called “Fear Is a Liar.” Refer to God’s Word in Daniel 3:17,18 and 1 John 4:18. What does this make you want to pray today? Write out the prayer and use it for a week. See what God can do.