How to Understand and Apply Faith to your Life
These essays and curriculums are designed so that you might understand the basics of faith as determined from the precepts of the Bible. By understanding faith and what Christ has done for you, you will be able to hear His call and put into action real, effective Christian growth and action, by faith, for His glory and Kingdom! In pastoral ministry, there will be times of stress, uncertainty, and failure. We will be tired, tried, tested and go though setbacks, difficulties, and suffering. We need to understand faith in a real, heartfelt way so we can keep our eyes fixed upon our Lord. Faith will become even stronger and better though the afflictions we face. Faith must not be just an idea or a plan; it must be a reality. It must be working in you before you can be effectively used by our Lord. Although this study is aimed at pastors and church leaders, any Christian desiring to grow deeper in the faith will find it impacting and convicting because it is from the precepts of Scripture.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
We are called to learn and develop faith because this is the most essential and of the utmost importance for every aspect of the Christian life. Without faith, we can do nothing! As Christians, especially those who are responsible for the education and care of others, we are called to build our spiritual formation from the solid foundation of the Bible (Rom. 10:17; Heb. 11:6).
How one can overcome the fears, worries, hurts, and doubts of life and have more faith! Faith gives us hope, meaning we can have confidence in God for our future that is in His hands, and how we can also have confidence because He will lead us out of our past.
We have three passages that deal with storms, being tossed in the sea of life, and confusion, dealing with issues of faith and doubt before a loving God who rescues us. If you know Christ, you have faith and you can get through anything!
Are you so caught up in the events and planning of Christmas that you have forgotten the "Christ" and the "mass," which means we are to worship and venerate Him? Most of us do forget, perhaps not intentionally, because of all our busyness and neglect. We look with anticipation to the gifts, music, decorations, food, family gatherings and such, and for some, this means Christ is the One who is left out as He stands and knocks. As an ironic iconoclast, we feast and honor Christ while He is left outside in the cold (Rev. 3:20). Maybe you...
This FAITH Bible Study series is designed to be insightful and comprehensive for you to use for personal devotions, small group curriculum as well as teaching material for large Bible study fellowships. These Bible studies can even be used as a primary source for sermons and Bible teaching.
Below is a 26-week study (more are on the way) on understanding and applying faith. This was originally designed to train pastors and church leaders; however, any Christian who truly desires to follow Christ will greatly benefit from them. It can be used for Bible studies, small groups, sermons, and youth ministry as well as for personal edification and growth.
Principle Scriptures on Faith: Mark 9:23; Luke 17:5-6; Romans 1:16-32; 3:22; 5:1-11; 10:14-17; 12:3-4; 1 Corinthians 16:13-14; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 13:5; Galatians 3:1-14; Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 2:6-12; Hebrews 2:4; 11: 1-6; 12:2; James 1:2-4; 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:7-9; 2 Peter 1:2-9; 16; 1 John 5:4
As pastors and church leaders, we must come to the point that we allow the search and conviction of the Holy Spirit upon our lives to the very core of our souls (2 Cor. 13:5)! Once this happens, the result will be more faith and more use to Christ. The result for your church will be more focus upon His precepts and increased prayer, which will bring an outpouring of the Spirit and renewal! This will impact your neighborhood and the world in which you live. It all starts with your determination to encompass the faith He has given you and obey! What is stopping you?