DCL 1.4 Instruction | Our Faith: Today’s Faith Gives Me Peace
Video Presentation: John Hull, President/CEO, EQUIP
It is easy for us as Christian leaders to assume we’ve “arrived” when it comes to our faith. Our spiritual journey is now often focused on helping others to grow. While this is, indeed, true—we cannot stop growing in our own spiritual walk. You’ve heard it before: you cannot lead anyone beyond where you have travelled yourself. If you stop growing today, you’ll stop leading tomorrow. Our faith must continue to be stretched.
- Name one area of your spiritual journey that you believe you have grown in over the last three years. Why do you think you have grown in this area?
- Now, list one area where you believe you have declined; where you perhaps have fallen behind in your growth. Why do you think you have declined in this area?
Biblical Case Study: Jairus and the Woman with a Disease (Mark 5:21-43)
When we exercise our faith, it takes one of two forms: “trusting faith” or “claiming faith.” If we compared it to a sporting event, one type would be offense, the other, defense.
1. “Claiming faith” is like playing offense.
It is aggressive. It takes initiative and lays hold of what God has promised. It actively persists through prayer and obedience until it has the answer.
Example: The Woman with a Disease (5:25-34)
The woman with an issue of blood exercised “claiming faith.” She pursued Jesus and reached out to touch Him. Her touch was different than everyone else’s touch. She drew on God’s power and Jesus knew it. Her radical faith made her whole (v. 34).
Discussion: Can you name a recent time when you exercised “claiming faith?”
2. “Trusting faith” is like playing defense.
It is calm and quiet, built on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It rests in the knowledge of God’s character in difficult times.
Example: Jairus (5:21-24, 35-43)
Jairus was a synagogue official. His daughter was sick and close to death at home. When Jesus was interrupted on His way to see her, Jairus was not alarmed. Calmly, he rested on his relationship with Jesus. He trusted even when he didn’t understand.
Discussion: Can you name a recent time when you exercised “trusting faith?”
The Dynamics of Faith
Faith is everywhere around us. All of us exercise it every day. For instance, you go to a doctor whose name you cannot pronounce. He gives you a prescription you cannot read. You take it to a pharmacist you have never seen. He gives you a medicine you do not understand…and yet you take it. Here are some truths about everyday faith:
1. Faith is received from God (Romans 12:3/Ephesians 2:8).
We already have it. The important choice is where we place it.
2. Faith is developed through the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
As we consume God’s Word and exercise it, we build our faith muscle inside.
3. Faith is released through words and actions (Romans 10:9/Mark 11:23).
Faith and confession always go together. Faith and action always go together.
4. Faith is tested in our day-to-day circumstances (James 1:2-3).
Life will throw you difficult days that will test and exercise your faith.
- Where is the greatest test of faith in your leadership today?
- How would God have you respond to that test?
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