The Adventure of Faith Study Guide
There are these fallacies of faith in that you will always have crystal clear vision when God calls you to do something, or that you will never have second thoughts or doubts. But that isn’t true! What you need to understand about faith is that God invites you to take risks!
In this week’s study guide, we look at the journey that God invites us to take in faith.
The Adventure of Faith Study Guide
“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” – Oswald Chambers
Hebrews 11:8-10 (NKJV)
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
What did Abraham do by faith?
– According to verse 8, how much knowledge of the situation did Abraham have as he stepped out in faith and obeyed God?
Can you think of a time from your own life where you went through a situation similar to Abraham’s?
– What did you do?
Why do you think God so often leads us to take steps of obedience without giving us all the details?
2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (NKJV)
8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does[a] deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our[b] behalf for the gift granted to us through many.
How does Paul describe the difficulties they encountered in verse 8?
– Does being in the will of God and obedient to Him mean that everything will be perfect and easy for us? Does it mean we will never have doubts?
We see here that Paul encountered many troubles and became despaired, even though he was obedient to the will of God.
– Have you ever felt this way?
– According to verse 9 & 10, what did those troubles force Paul to do?
We all face roadblocks in our faith.
– What are some roadblocks that have caused you to doubt?
– How did you deal with them?
How do you think that trials and suffering can actually be good for our faith?
James 1:2-4 (NKJV)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
What does James tell us to do when we go through trials?
– How does this run completely contrary to the way the world thinks?
– Why does he tell us to do this?
– How do you think the testing of your faith produces patience?
According to verse 4, what happens when we then let patience have its perfect work?
– What do you think that means?
– How do you think we can be “perfect and complete, lacking nothing,” even while we still experience suffering and needs?
When was the last time you “rejoiced” when something bad happened to you?
– We are not always in control of our circumstances, but we are always in control of our attitude. How do you think our perspective and faith in God changes our lives regardless of the circumstances?
Romans 8:31-32 (NKJV)
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
We learned from Pastor Chuck on Sunday that faith involves risk. Have you ever felt like God was calling you to do something but it seemed too risky?
– How do you think our view of God determines our ability to trust Him?
– How does this passage in Romans reassure us that trusting God by faith is always the right decision?
As we see from this amazing passage, faith is believing God is who He says He is and trusting He does what He says He does.
– What are you currently asking God to do in your life?
Hebrews 6:13-15 (NKJV)
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
Hebrews 10:35-39 (NKJV)
35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: 37 “For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” 39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
According to Heb. 6:15, how did Abraham obtain the promise God made to Him?
– What do you think is the relationship between faith and patience?
According to Heb. 10:38, how do the just live?
– Yet what does God say about those who “draw back”?
– How does “drawing back” or giving up indicate a lack of faith?
Is there something in your life for which you have believed God about for a long time and it still has yet to happen?
– How can these verses encourage you to not “cast away your confidence” and not “draw back”?
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