devotion

a study on faith

Key Text: Ephesians 2:8

Goals:

1. Know: That faith is more than just belief, but an experience of trust and certainty.

2. Feel: Your faith grow stronger through the study of the Bible and a relationship with Jesus.

3. Do: Let faith be the guiding principle in your life.

Lesson Outline:

I. Finding Faith (Habbakuk 2:4)

A. Faith is more than just believing in a truth; it is to live by that truth. How does you faith guide your actions everyday?

B. Faith matures through study of the scripture and personal experience. What is the basis of your faith? Why do you believe the way you do?

II. Living Faith (Hebrews 11)

A. Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the faith chapter. From Abel to Gideon, those of great faith are noted here. What specific traits set these people apart? How can we aspire to be like them?

B. Hebrews 11:6 says it is impossible to please God without faith. Why is it so hard to accept the gift of faith? What makes us waver at times?

III. Evidencing Faith (James 2:14-17)

James tells us that faith without deeds is dead. What are some ways you can let your faith be evident in your actions?

Summary:

Our faith experience should serve as our guide through life. By studying the Bible and developing a relationship with Christ we can let our faith manifest itself in all aspects of our lives.

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barnabas: God’s way is my way

Age: High School, College

INTRODUCTION

Barnabas is the perfect  example of witnessing—He did more than travel from church to church, playing administrator. The Bible says he was a good man, full of faith, full of the Holy Spirit. Witnessing is living and breathing God’s love. Witnessing is using everything we have for God’s glory.  So, in order to be a “real” witness, I need to begin with the basics and ask myself these questions: What do I have that I can use to live and breath God’s love? What are the special buttons and functions that God has created me with? How am I gifted? And how can  I boldly use these gifts to live a life of faith?

CONSIDER

  • Taking inventory of your special gifts and talents by asking others and yourself what your strengths are, and deliberately trying to use some of those skills everyday.
  • Creating a business card  or poster that offers “free” services of your special skills to those in you community, church or work place.
  • Keeping track of your faith walk by starting a two-column journal: column #1—date and description of incident; column #2—date and outcome of  having put incident in God’s hand
  • Starting a yearly indoor/outdoor herb garden that reflects your relationship with God—Plant a new herb for every major trial you overcome by trusting in God 100%
  • Reading through the Gospels and Acts, using a Life-Application Bible.
  • Setting aside a specific time (about 10 minutes) everyday to go to God in prayer and submission, and asking Him to reveal His will and use you as He sees fit.
  • Decorating a quiet corner or room in your house that friends and family can use to relax, reflect, and reconnect with God—Fill it with photo albums, devotionals, poetry, music, potpourri, soft cushions, and knick-knacks.
  • Watching the movie Dead Poet’s Society—In the movie, the teacher urges his student to “seize the day.” What does this mean for you as a Christian?

CONNECT

1 Peter 4:10, 11; Daniel 2:19-30; Ephesians 4:11, 12

Counsels on Stewardship, chap. 24 and 70; The Faith I Live By, chap. 6;Evangelism, chap. 5;

Arthur F Miller, Jr., Why You Can’t Be Anything You Want to Be, chaps. 2 & 7; Donna Partow, Becoming a Vessel God Can Use; Video by Gateway Films/Vision Video—Not Without Hope.