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Uncomfortable | week 4:  Faith

God told Noah that a flood was coming and that he should build an ark. Noah believed God and started nailing together gunwales, decks and a hull. His neighbors mocked and ridiculed Noah, but he trusted God’s word. Even though the sun continued to shine and the desert was as dry as ever, Noah had enough faith to keep building. It’s not easy to believe what we can’t imagine, trust when others don’t, and to have faith when there is no apparent reason to do so. But that is exactly what we as followers of Jesus are supposed to do.

 

READ Hebrews 11:1-2

 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

 

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

What do we “hope for” and what “assurance” do we have?

 

Discuss the similarities between confidence and faith?

 

Discus this definition of Faith: Taking the first step before you know the second.

 

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Hebrews 12:1-2A

 

1. How is Jesus the pioneer/author and perfector of our faith?

 

2. Discuss the role and various aspects that perseverance plays in our faith?

 

3. Why does it matter what you fix your eyes on?

 

Read Mark 5:35-40

 

4. Jairus received terrible news in v.35. What would be the basis for him to “just believe” (v.36)?

 

5. How is our faith challenged when we encounter commotion in our life? 

 

Read John 14:1-3

 

6. The same Greek word is translated as faith, believe, or entrust. Use each word interchangeably in v.1. What is your take-a-way?

 

7. John’s Gospel uses the word that is translated as believe, faith, or entrust, 99 times and always as a verb. What is the relevance of using it only as an action word?

 

8. How does this passage convey the uncomfortable nature of having faith?

*Bonus though: "It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.” -- Tim Keller