TiO 15 – Alpha – How Can I Have Faith?
The Main Idea
Faith is trusting the God who we know to act in the way that he has promised to act. It is not belief in mythical creatures nor is it misguided trust. It is the key to the life of a follower of Jesus: beginning from our first trusting step with him and taking us to the day that we take our final step.
Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)
Q1: How often do you have money with you when you leave the house (actual money, not credit cards)? Never, always, sometimes, most of the time? Why?
Q2: Do you have a personal (or family) budget? If yes, do you actually stick to you? If not, how do you determine what you can afford?
Q3: As a group, name 25 things that you put your faith in faith in every day.
Read the scripture aloud: Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Every time we sit in a chair we exercise faith. Faith that the chair that held us up yesterday will hold us up again today. But that faith is not blind— we know how chairs work and what they are designed to do—instead it is built on the full understanding of the nature of the chair. We have faith in the chair because we know chairs.
Contrary to what Mark Twain said, it is not things that we know not to be true that constitute our faith. Instead, it is because we know the God who speaks truth that we can have faith. In fact, we have faith in the faithfulness of God to his own nature, to his promises, to his covenant to us.
Q1: How do you understand the “life of faith”?
Q2: Do you have a story of the faithfulness of God? Share it with the group.
Q3: What areas do you need more faith in, that is, what areas of your life do you need to put into the hands of God in faith that he will provide for you?
Faith is not easy. Because faith is never passive, it is always active, requiring that we continuously give over our futures (hopes, plans, decisions) to God trusting that he will act in our lives consistent with his character.
Pray together for the faith to trust the God that you know cares for you.