BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Read Hebrews 11.
- Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that he wants you to share during your group’s time together.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
As a group, thank God for the faith that he has given all of us. Praise God that he created us with a deep capacity for faith. Pray that God would open your eyes to the faith that he has given to you. Pray that God would help you to find where you are placing your “resident faith” and that he would give you insight and courage to take action on your faith.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Have everyone take 30 seconds each to share a phrase or a moment from this weekend’s message that is still resonating with them. You also have the option to say “Pass.”
Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend’s message came from Hebrews 11. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.
- Preaching from Hebrews 11, Pastor Billy reminded us that faith is not like a talent or a gift that some people have and others don’t have. Instead, according to the Bible, everyone has faith; everyone puts their trust in something or someone. Throughout your life, what are the things and who are the persons in whom you have put your faith? Have you given any thought to why you put your faith in that/them more than something or somene else?
- We discover where we place our trust when we are backed into a corner, when we are afraid, when we are successful, etc. Consider one area of your life: finances, relationships, careers, health, possessions, personal freedoms. Ask yourself this question: “When it comes to that area of my life, who or what am I trusting in, this coming year, to gain or to keep it?” If you feel comfortable, share your answer with the group.
- In Hebrews 11, the word "faith" is a verb; it describes action. (Yes, it stems from deep-seated belief, but that belief leads to action.) The life of Abraham shows us “that a healthy, vibrant faith will produce a tangible response. Faith prompts some kind of external activity that lets you and others know that your faith is real. Like fruit on a tree… you can see and taste it.”
As we begin a new year, we can start by declaring the faith-fueled actions that God is leading us to take, in order to make good on our beliefs.
How would you fill in this blank? Because I believe, I will ________.
- As we continue reading in Hebrews 11 and reacquaint ourselves with Sarah’s story, we are confronted with the difficult reality that faith makes us vulnerable. What is it about putting your faith into action that scares you? When it comes to living by faith, is there are particular area of your life where you feel especially vulnerable? How can this group support you as you live in faith and vulnerability?
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
As a group, pray that God will give you wisdom and discernment as to where to put your faith and how to live it out. Ask God to show you how to support each other in this endeavor, and to give you courage as you walk by faith.