Really Engaging Real Faith | Weekly Preview | Conversation Starters
AUTHOR: Gabriel Coyle
Read: James 1:1-8.
Focus: Real faith involves hearing from God in real ways and responding in action. Always. Join our church family at one of our campuses to engage the book of James together and hear God’s word for us.
Prayer: As you prepare to gather with the church today, pray that God would give us personally and corporately the willingness and ability to receive what is good for our walk with Him today.
Prepare: After you’ve spent some time in prayer, check out the video below for a preview of what to expect in this week’s theFormed.life.
- What stood out to you from the sermon?
- Read James 1:2 What does counting it ‘all joy’ look like in the fallen world? What might it look like to experience deep pain and pure joy at the same time?
- How has God used trials to test your faith in God and His faithfulness? Are you experiencing a trial right now that you have not yet seen as an opportunity for growth?
- How have you typically understood the process of growing in maturity? In what areas of your life does James 1:3-4 affirm your understanding? Does it challenge your understanding?
- What is the difference between acceptable doubt and doubt that makes someone unstable? What does James mean by ‘doubt’, and how does the context of verses 6-8 help us?
Pray for God’s wisdom to help all in the group who shared current trials they are enduring. Ask that God would give generous measures of faith and a deep sense of God’s faithfulness through this trial.
Week 2 of 9 Simplicity
Prayer tills the soil of the soul to receive the word of God. Take time today resting, delighting and listening to God in prayer. Take 10 minutes today to pray for God to speak afresh through His word, and that you would have “ears to hear and eyes to see” His truth and direction.
How does the resurrection change the way you look at ordinary problems? Does it? How can you grow there?
If we are not intentional, the Christian message of Jesus’ resurrection may be easily overshadowed or absorbed into the mix of the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, pastel colors, and marshmallow Peeps. But as Christians, the resurrection of Jesus must be front and center in our Easter celebrations.