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Bible Study 1       The Faithfulness of God

1.  Both words are from the same idea in the Greek, meaning to be full of faith as shown in total commitment to God.

4.  It is so easy to think we have heard God (1 Thessalonians 5:21), when we have not.  The voice we thought we heard may equally be from our own mind, or possibly from Satan acting as ‘an angel of light’ (2 Corinthians 11:14).  If we are deceived into thinking God has spoken and this thing does not happen, our faith can shatter. 

5. Ask God if a word is from Him and wait for Him to show it is or it is not.

7. The cost of faithfulness can be on a sliding scale from a little inconvenience to martyrdom.

9. Often our level of faith is determined by many factors:  what sort of person we are, how much faith God has given us (Romans 12:3), the positive or negative experiences we have had of God acting in our lives and our experienced understanding of the Scriptures.

10.  Often it is God’s Spirit who will ‘grow faith’ in us through a process of experience (Galatians 5:22).  Sometimes faith is the gift of God for specific instances (Ephesians 2:18).  It is a matter of asking God to ‘increase our faith’, then listening and being obedient to whatever God requires of us to achieve this end.

 

Bible Study 2   Joy in Faith

1.    ‘Count it all joy’, does not refer to the suffering itself but to the way in which God can use it for good.  The word ‘count’ in the Greek means:

    i. Consider, reckon, think of it in this way

    ii.It also means to take authority over, to rule, to put in subjection to.  If we choose, we can put our response to suffering under the authority of God and this can produce a joy that in itself can rule our response.

4.  Joy comes when we trust that God’s way is safe and will be used for good.

7.  Often joy is a gift given when we serve others sometimes at great cost to ourselves.   

 

Bible Study 3    Longsuffering

4.  The Psalmist acknowledged the pain he felt in waiting but he seemed to discover that if he studied God’s word and thought a lot about it, it altered his focus and it helped him to wait.    

5. Satan’s lies come in the form of taunts and arrows of fear that God either does not exist or that He will do nothing.

6.  It is good to remember all the things God has done for us and others known to us in the past.  Also to make a choice of will to keep on trusting, then to praise God in anticipation for what He will do.

9.  The calling we have all received is to be obedient to Christ and to follow after Him, often in denial of ourselves (Romans 8:1-14).  It is also the hope of heaven given to us by Christ’s death on the cross.

10.  Unity is hard to achieve, as we are all so different in our tastes and backgrounds.  But it is good to identify situations that are not central to our faith, where it is acceptable to let people have different opinions and thus enable them to live in harmony. (Romans 14)