There are some things in life that can only be explained by faith. Faith is believing in something unseen. It’s where your life becomes tangible evidence that whatever is unseen becomes seen out there. There are spaces where faith can only be the answer to what takes place in our lives.
Another word for followers of Christ is “people of faith”.
- Does this presuppose that there are people who have faith and people who don’t? Discuss.
Actually, we all have faith. Faith is not the issue. We were born innately to put our faith in something. The real question is whether we are seeing the results of what we are putting our faith in? If it’s not, then it’s time to shift your faith into something that will.
2 Peter 1:3-9
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
What if God was actually for YOU? And he was working on behalf of you behind the scenes? Helping to set up your life to how it is best to be lived. And that God has given you everything you need.
- If God has given us everything that we need. Why is it that we feel the lack? Why do we still live in scarcity?
- Why does it not seem like abundance is there when I blow it or I mess up? Discuss with your group times where you’ve felt this scarcity.
There’s a difference between being granted something and actually accessing it.
We have everything that we need to go to the gym. We can be a part of a membership and get healthy and go regularly. And the gym is usually open most hours of the day and night. There is rarely a time that we couldn’t go. We have everything that we need. But do we access that?
The Bible actually tells us how we can access everything that we need. It is found in the knowledge of Jesus. That is the access point. His glory and goodness and promises, we can rely on.
This knowledge is power. Knowledge changes things. When you know certain things, it changes how you live and access life. Knowledge creates a new way of behaving in this way.
- What are certain things that we can know that transforms our lives?
Example: We can know that grace and mercy moves a relationship forward. And this changes our relationships and how we approach our relationships.
Example 2: We can know that generosity moves you towards fulfillment. And this changes how we live and how we give of ourselves and our resources.
When we know the truth, then we can move in faith. We are then free to live in these unseen realities. We know. We know things that other people don’t know. This is why knowledge and faith are intimately tied together. When we gain knowledge, and act in faith, we obtain forward movement. Knowledge should always move us to action. Because knowledge in-and-of-itself is dead.
What does it look like to supplement our faith. Go back to 2 Peter 1:3-9 and look.
Peter gives us a list and says “If you possess these things”. This presupposes that we have a choice in the matter. “If you have done the hard work…” If you do have these based on your choice, it will keep you from having your knowledge become ineffective.
- How can you knowledge become ineffective?
Think about conflicting knowledges.
Example: I know that refined sugar is bad for me. But I also love to eat desserts. These two knowledges conflict.
Example 2: I know that saving money is helpful. But I also know I love to buy things.
These conflict and render the knowledge ineffective.
- What are some things that you have in knowledge that are conflicting and rendering your knowledge ineffective?
God is attempting to speak his knowledge and truth over us so we can live the life that he intended for us to live. Yet we need to supplement that faith. We are always training our faith.
- What have you been supplementing your faith with?
- What do you need to supplement your faith with more of?