The challenge of constructing or reconstructing our faith can seem daunting. We could find ourselves stuck, with no idea how to get started or keep moving. Thankfully, the process of building faith comes with a clear guide: God’s truth in the Bible. Learning to read the Bible and understand who God is through it is the ultimate way to build the kind of faith that overcomes even the most difficult challenges.
Group Discussion Guide
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Spend a few minutes discussing with your group how their application of last week’s group discussion went. What were the highs and lows of their last week?
After your time of connecting, begin your meeting with prayer.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Building your faith can be exciting and difficult at the same time, but eventually there may come a point where the difficulty overwhelms the excitement. As we’re constructing what we believe and being curious about what is true, we need to rely on something outside of ourselves to know where to go. God has given us a way to go through this part of building our faith in the Bible. When things become difficult, we can continue to be faithful by relying on what God has given us and shown us about himself: God is faithful and he loves us. We can continue to be faithful to the process of building our own faith because he has given us an example of perfect faith.
Big idea for the week: We can build our faith by seeing God’s faithful love for us in the bible.
- What are some habits or practices you keep up with?
- How do you keep yourself from falling out of the disciplines in your life?
- What is your relationship with consistently spending time learning about the story of God in the Bible?
Go around your group and have someone read each of the following verses, then discuss the connected questions.
- Hebrews 4:12-14
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Why is it important that we spend time reading and knowing the Bible?
- How can spending intentional time to know the word of God help us to know him and ourselves better?
- How can we see God’s faithful love through studying the Bible?
- Colossians 3:16
- Matthew 6:33
- From what you know about the bible, how does God ask us to live? How often do you find yourself living this way?
- What acts of following Jesus have been the most rewarding to be faithful in? Which parts have you found more difficult?
- How can seeing God’s faithfulness in our lives supply a basis for how to trust him in the future?
Based on the verses we just read, there are some things that we can do in response. Take a moment to discuss these questions as a group in order to determine what your personal action steps for the week can be:
- How can you begin implementing a plan to consistently read God’s story in the Bible? What steps can you take to practice what you’re learning?
- How can we hold each other to a healthy standard of accountability as we build our faith in this way?
- How can we take steps together to see God’s faithfulness in our lives, because we see how he has been faithful through the stories we read in the Bible?
We can know that God is faithful and just by reading of how he has been faithful to his promises in the words of the Bible. As we continue in the process of building our faith, we can remember that God is going to continue to work in our lives. Learning the words of God from the tool that we have in the Bible can help us become more confident of how to follow Jesus well. We can do this together, with the teachings of God in the Bible as our guide.
Daily Bible Reading
Use the S.O.A.P. method to reflect on the verses below.
Scripture: Read the verses several times out loud.
Observation: As you read the scripture what do you observe.
Application: What is God wanting you to believe, do or feel based on what you have read?
Pray: This is a chance to talk to God about what you have read, and ask him for help in living out what you’ve learned.
- Day 1: Matthew 4:4
- Day 2: Romans 10:17
- Day 3: Psalm 119:105
- Day 4: Psalm 19:7-14
- Day 5: James 1:22
- Day 6: 2 Timothy 2:15