STUDY GUIDE FOR 7-8-18: FAITH@HOME #2 – MAKING FAITH OUR OWN!
Think about life:
- Think about the spiritual life of your parents – both their relationship with church and their spiritual practices at home. Looking back, how did their spiritual life affect you?
- In terms of the “+” and “-“ that we talked about in the message, did you simply adopt the faith of your parents, or did you simply reject the faith of your parents? What was that journey like for you? How has this worked out for your siblings?
- Have you come to the point where you stopped reacting either for or against the faith of others and asked yourself, “What is God calling me to do?” What happens when we ask that question?
- When someone says to you, “Tell me about yourself”, what’s the first thing you say? What would it mean if the first thing you said was, “I’m a believer in and follower of Jesus Christ”?
Digging Deeper into Scripture:
- Read John 7:4-5 and James 1:1
- As a half-brother of Jesus, what obstacles did James have to overcome/work through to get from not believing in Jesus to identifying himself as a servant/slave of Jesus?
- What obstacles have you had to work through to get from unbelief to surrendering your life to Christ?
- What obstacles are you still asking God to help you work through?
- Read Ephesians 1:3-14
- Note: In New Testament Greek, Eph. 1:3-14 is one sentence! Paul begins writing about what God has done for us and goes on and on.
- Make a list of all that Paul says God has done for in in verses 3 through 8.
- This list is our identity in Jesus Christ. Go back through the list and say them as “I am…” statements, as a way of reminding yourselves who you are in Christ.
- Which of these “I am” statements do you need to focus on and strengthen your identity in that area?
Daily Scripture readings: Rom. 6:1-14; Proverbs 3:5-6; Acts 2:14-41; Rom. 8:31-39