FIGHT FOR YOUR FAITH
Dead faith, Demonic Faith, Dynamic Faith the choice is yours.
CONVERSATION STARTERS (Pick one question)
What is the greatest leap of faith that you have ever had to take?
REFLECTING ON THE SERMON
What was the most inspirational moment of the sermon for you?
Were you challenged by anything you heard?
What is one thing you are taking away from Sunday’s message?
GOING DEEPER IN THE SCRIPTURE
Read 1 Timothy 6:3-19
In verse 11, Paul commands Timothy to flee from the people he mentioned in verses 3-10, those who teach false doctrine and ungodly practices, those who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. What does Paul tell Timothy to pursue? How can we apply these things in our own lives?
In verse 12, Paul then says to “fight the good fight of the faith.” The Greek word translated as “fight” is agonizomai , a word that applies to athletes and soldiers and describes a person who strains and gives his best to win the prize or the battle. What is the battle or prize we are fighting for? Who are we fighting against?
Read Philippians 1:27-30
In this passage, Paul teaches the Philippian believers that, above all, they must live in a manner worthy of the Gospel so that, when he returns to them or hears about them, he will be assured that they will stand together and fight together. What would show Paul that they were standing together? What would they be fighting for? How do we stand together and fight together through being part of a Small Group?
Paul tells the Philippians that they should not be intimidated by their enemies. As believers, we also should not be intimidated by our enemies. Who are our enemies? Why should we not be intimidated by them?
MAKE IT PERSONAL
During the sermon Maria talked about 3 types of faith presented in James 2:14-26, Dead faith (without works), demonic faith (with emotional and head knowledge), and Dynamic Faith (Faith in Action). When in your story have you identified with these different types of faith?
James 2:26 says that faith without action (works) is dead. It is a “useless” faith. Just as faith without action is useless, so too, action (works) without faith is useless. A life of faith includes habitual times of devotion. Without these, it is like driving a car with no fuel. What am I doing to insure that my faith is not “useless?” What do my times of devotion look like?
LIVE IT OUT! ACT IT OUT!
God is calling us into a dynamic and trusting relationship with him, where we will go, “to the place that he will show us.” Sometimes the destination isn’t defined but God is trying to do something in the journey. This week reflect on where God is taking you and ask him what he is trying to build in you.
Take time to share prayer requests with one another pray for your needs.
FIND A GROUP
Find a group that meets close to your home.
WHEN WE MEET
Groups meet in the Fall and Spring in people’s homes on different nights of the week throughout our area.
If you are interested in leading a group, please contact Pastor Bobby Nemeth.