In Term 4 of 2020 we aim to spend 6 weeks on the purpose of faith.
You’ll find the program listed under the resources page:
The reformation celebrated that we are saved by faith alone and stood firm against the notions that we our ‘works’ do anything to save us. The gift of God is by grace and therefore comes to us unmerited and undeserved. We deserve God’s wrath and we can never earn our way out of that.
But thanks be to God that he has saved us by sending his Son. Ephesians 2 says that “it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.”
This statement makes it clear enough. But exploring this takes a lifetime. “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling.” Grace is amazing!
But we are left to wonder, what do we do now? If eternal life is paid for us by Christ on the cross, then do we simply do whatever we want? Well, Ephesians 2 doesn’t stop there but says: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
So, there is something that we are employed by God to do? What is it? If grace demands that we do and owe nothing, how are these works included? What is the deal?
Our series is titled: How Faith Works because we want to explore both the beauty of faith and the difference that it makes to our lives.
In the first study, we want to look at Hebrews 11:1-2 and ask, what is faith and what difference did it make to the people listed in that chapter.
Read Hebrews 11:1-2
- What do these words mean? Use the bible references to see ways these words are used in the bible.
- Confidence – look up 1 John 5:14; Philippians 3:3-9
- Hope – look up Romans 8:22-25; Romans 15:13
- Assurance – look up Acts 2:36; Colossians 4:12; Hebrews 10:22
- Faith – look at Hebrews 11:1 and rewrite it in your own words now that you have explored what the other words mean.
- Verse 2 tells us that the ancients were commended for their faith. Read through Hebrews Chapter 11 and list what the ancients DID because of their faith (this needn’t be an exhaustive list).
- How does Verses 39-40 link us with the same faith as the ancients?
Over the coming weeks, we will explore the implications of having faith in God – the One who saves. We are saved by grace through faith – but our faith directs our attention to God. This confidence, assurance, trust and hope all drive what we do. And what we do, is called works. This whole term we will be working on faith.