Mar 15 Week 1 | Big God, Big Faith
Imagine how different your outlook on life would be if you had absolute conﬁdence that God was with you. Imagine how differently you would respond to difﬁculties, temptations, and even good things if you knew with certainty that God was in all of it and was planning to leverage it for good. In other words, imagine what it would be like to have Big Faith.
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” 7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. Matthew 8:5-10
1. Do you know people whose faith in God is so strong that at times you would describe it as amazing? What is it about them that makes you think their conﬁdence in God is so strong?
2. How would you describe the relationship between obedience and trust?
3. As you think back on your childhood, how was the obedience/trust relationship manifested in your home? Did you trust your parents?How did that impact your response to their authority?
4. What is more important in a relationship: trust or obedience?
5. Has there ever been a time in your life when your conﬁdence in God—your faith— hit a really low point?
6. Based on this discussion, what advice would you give a friend who had lost faith or who would describe his or her faith as weak?
Sermons come in all shapes and sizes, but if you listen closely, you’ll hear God saying the same thing in most sermons — “Trust me.” That’s not to say that the message in the Bible is shallow and simplistic. Rather, in all the ways you could respond to God, the most important thing that God is asking you to do is to trust him.
When things are going well, it doesn’t require a lot of faith to trust God. But when life turns messy, is your faith leading you to depend on God, or do you put your trust in something else?
In the next several weeks, we’ll discuss ﬁve catalysts God uses to build that kind of faith. For this week, reﬂect on what have been the most faith-building events/relationships in your life. How have these things affected your conﬁdence in God?