The Object of Your Faith Study Guide

The Object of Your Faith Study Guide

“Faith looks not at what happens to him but at Him Whom he believes.”  – Watchman Nee

Monday:
Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NKJV)

  • What is the “race set before us”?
    • What do you think it means to run with endurance?
  • What are we told to lay aside here in this passage?
  • According to verse 2, what is the real key to accomplishing all of this?
    • What does it mean that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith?
  • Practically, what do you think it means for us to keep “looking unto Jesus” in our lives?

Tuesday:
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (NKJV)

  • We see the analogy of running a race used again in the Bible to describe our walk with God. Why do you think this is a good example?
  • According to this passage, what kind of prize are we running to obtain?
    • Because of this, how does Paul say that he runs in verse 26? What do you think this means?
  • In verse 27, Paul speaks to doing whatever is necessary to discipline himself to continue to run his race well to completion. Can you think of anything in your life (distractions, habits, sins, etc.) that might be a stumbling block to you running your race well?
    • What daily disciplines can you put in place to help set yourself up for success?

Wednesday:
Matthew 14:22-33
22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” (NKJV)

  • What is the miraculous thing in this story that Peter did with Jesus?
    • What did Jesus say to Peter when He picked him up out of the water?
    • What was it that caused Peter to fall and begin to sink?
  • Notice that Peter began to doubt when he took his eyes off Jesus and put them on the storm. Can you think of a “storm” time in your life when all you did was focus on and worry about the problem?
    • According to verse 32, when did the storm cease?
  • Can you think of some things we can do regularly to make sure that we stay in the same boat as Jesus?

Thursday:
1 John 4:17
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. (NKJV)

  • What do you think it means that we have boldness in the day of judgment?
    • According to this verse, why can we have this boldness?
  • We are told that as Jesus is, so are we in this world. His victory means our victory. What does it mean to you that Jesus identifies with us at this close level?
    • How do you think this should affect the way we live our lives right now?

Friday:
John 16:31-33
31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (NKJV)

  • What does Jesus ask in verse 31?
    • According to verse 33, what can we have in Jesus?
      • Does peace mean the absence of problems?
      • How can we have peace and problems at the same time?
  • What does Jesus guarantee us that we will have in this world?
    • Even though we will have tribulation, why does Jesus tell us to be of good cheer?
      • How does Jesus overcoming the world affect us?
  • Throughout our studies this week we have seen that keeping our eyes and our faith fixed on Jesus and Him alone is the key to success no matter what storms or troubles come our way. Take some time to pray and ask the Lord once more to show you if there is anything you need to remove from your life that is distracting you from Him. Ask Him to show you if there is anything you can add to your daily life that will help you keep Him first in your life.

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