Objective: To gain a better understanding of what faith is and what faith isn’t, and to learn how to strengthen our faith.
A. The three main elements of faith
B. What faith isn’t
Deut. 18:10-13 2 Tim. 3:5
Isa. 47:13-15 1 Tim. 1:3-11
Wisdom 13:1-9 Wisdom 13:10-19
C. Admonitions on Faith
Matt. 24:24 Heb. 2:4
1 Cor. 1:21-30 Psalm 89:1-37
Hebrews 11 Col. 2:6-7
Discussion and Sharing Starters:
1. Faith is a matter of internal conviction, of learning and teaching about Christ and of acknowledging Christ before others. How do you assess your faith in each of these areas? Share how the Lord is working to increase your faith.
2. What are some of the common and widely accepted practices in the Philippines today that lead many Christians astray? What steps can we take to fight against these false practices?
3. In what ways do Church and Community help us become stronger in our faith?
4. Why is it important for us to have strong, unshakeable faith?
5. How can our everyday lives reflect our faith?
6. Ask yourself these questions:
a. Why is faith in God important to me?
b. Am I truly eager to increase my faith?
c. Am I willing to practice the discipline and commitment necessary to increase and strengthen my faith?
7. Hebrews, Chapter 11, is known as the “Chapter on Faith” and contains a listing of biblical heroes of faith. St. Paul gives us these many examples of men and women who risked everything they possessed and their lives for the sake of their faith in God as a way of emphasizing the importance for each of us to work in faith toward the same goal — God’s kingdom — and of never being ashamed of our faith. Read Hebrews 11 again and reflect on the faith of each of the “heroes of faith”.
What kind of faith did each hero have?
Is it possible for me to have this kind of faith today?