(*For the Leader: Remember, you don’t have to answer all of these questions, and you can always add your own! There is a lot of scripture today, take a few minutes to read the passages, and think about the context of each before your group begins.) 

Imagine how different your outlook on life would be if you had absolute confidence that God was with you? Imagine how differently you would respond to difficulties, temptations, and even good things if you knew with certainty that God was in all of it and was planning to leverage it for good. In other words, imagine what it would be like to have PERFECT faith.

Start Talking

  • Who is someone in your life you would say had “unshakeable faith“?  Why would you describe them in this way?
  • Where do you think this type of faith comes from, and how do you get it?
  • How would you describe the relationship between obedience and trust? Talk about the role these two play in relationships. How do they work together? What about with God?
  • Has there ever been a time in your life when your confidence in God—your faith—hit a really low point? Would you be willing to share that story with your group? If so, describe the events surrounding your loss of faith, as well as what happened that helped you regain it.
  • How would you describe your current faith? Unshakeable, strong, mediocre, weak, etc.?

Read This

As we read the gospels there were two things that “amazed” Jesus. The first is in Matthew 5:8-13 

  • What is happening in this passage?
  • What amazed Jesus in this story?
  • What would you say is amazing about what the centurion did?

The second instance takes place when Jesus visits his hometown (Mark 6:1-13)

  • Talk about the circumstances of these verses.
  • What is it that amazed Jesus?
  • Why is it important to note that Jesus was amazed by both of these stories?

During Jesus’ time on Earth, He was positioning himself as the object of our/peoples faith. He wanted people to see that He was the image of God. Read John 14:1 together. 

  • Why did Jesus do this?
  • Think about what you know about Jesus from reading the Bible. What can we learn about God by looking at Jesus? 
  • Why is it important that we build our framework for God by looking at Jesus (where else do we get our ideas about God)?

What Now

The bottom line of this discussion is that if we really listen to God when we read about Him, or listen to a sermon, you’ll often hear Him saying the same thing—trust me. That’s not to say that the message in the Bible is shallow and simplistic. Rather, in all the ways that you could respond to God, the most important thing that God is asking you to do is to trust him. When things are going well, it doesn’t require a lot of faith to trust God. But when life turns messy, is your faith leading you to depend on God, or do you put your trust in something else?

In the next several weeks, we’ll discuss five catalysts that God uses to build that kind of faith. 

  • For this week, reflect on what have been the most faith-building events/relationships in your life. What is one thing you could share with us today?
  • Take some time this week to think about the things or people that have built your faith. Write it down! You could consider this list a stone of remembrance (Joshua 4:1-7). It matters that we remember how God has been faithful to us!
  • Furthermore, consider the things that have shaken your faith. Be honest with God! Would you consider asking Him to speak into those things this week (or maybe you need to say it outloud to someone else)? What is it He wants you to know about those things?

Additional Resources

Paul’s Letters Bible Reading Plan