Faith & Trust
Faith is trusting God that what He says is true. What He says comes through two key avenues. Firstly, what He has revealed of Himself and His purposes through the Bible. Secondly and more subjectively, what He has revealed for us personally through our relationship with Him. Often what He has said goes against what our senses or our culture assume to be the case. Faith is worked out as we make decisions based on our trust of Him and His revelation.
Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
- How is faith defined?
- How would you know if someone had faith?
Faith for Life
Romans 1: 16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.*17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”*
- What does faith do in a persons’ life?
- What does God do through faith?
- What is the good news that must be believed?
Faith Lived out
There is a huge difference between believing facts, and living your life based on the fact. Most believe the world goes round the sun, but few make decisions based on the fact. What I believe about gravity affects the way I act on tall buildings. What we believe about a person’s honesty will influence the way we relate to them. In the same way there is a huge difference between believing facts about God, and trusting Him. The first makes you religious, the trust changes your life.
Hebrews 11:11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed* that God would keep his promise.12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.
- What was Sarah’s faith based on?
- How was Sarah’s faith lived out?
- What was the result of Sarah’s faith?
People with hope can overcome in the most difficult circumstances. Hope is not some vague wish for better things. Our hope is not in a desired outcome but in a person; Jesus who rules the universe. When circumstances are not what we would want then we look in hope for Jesus to reveal His goodness in the situation.
1 Peter 1: 13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
- On whom do we set our hope?
- How do we live in the light of our hope?