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FAITH

Our Relationship With God

FAITH

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.    Hebrews 11:6

One of the great movie scenes of all time and a great illustration of faith is seen in the 1989 film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.   Indiana Jones stands on the edge of a cliff in a canyon that seems to have no end to its depth.  Approximately fifty yards away, on the other side of the canyon, is a door with a light illuminating the entryway.  There is no bridge, no other way around.  It appears impossible to get to the other side.  Indiana Jones is on a quest to find the Holy Grail, the cup that Christ used at the last supper.  His father is dying back in the cave that Indiana has just come from, and without the power of the cup to heal him, his father will surely die.   His book of clues, that has been dead-on up to this point, has brought him to the edge of the cliff and now is telling him to “take a leap of faith.”  He knows this is impossible.  It can’t be done.  This is crazy.  But motivated by his love for his father, he shuts the book, closes his eyes and with one foot takes a large step out over the cliff into the air.  To his surprise his foot lands on the invisible solid ground that could only be experienced by his leap of faith.  Religion tends to reduce Christ and Christianity to a box that can be explained and controlled.  But Jesus is not one to be put into a box.  He is trying to bust you out of your box into an “abundant life.”  Sadly, most Christians will live their entire life without seeing God do the miraculous in their life.  We live life safely, plan out our future and tie a religious, moral bow on it all and call it Christianity.  God wants to do the miraculous in your life and use you to do the miraculous in others.  Our initial “leap of faith” in trusting our life to Christ will be the first of many leaps if we are to experience the life-changing power of Christ.  Christ will ask us to take the same difficult leap with our money, our service to others, how we love, how we forgive and in every area of our life.  Those who take these steps of faith will have amazing stories to tell of God’s faithfulness.  Faith in Christ begins a life of adventure and wonder. 

 

C.S. Lewis described Aslan, the Christ figure in the Chronicles of Narnia, as a ‘not so tame lion.’  The reason so many of us have lost our childhood curiosity is that we’ve been tamed.  Our world is populated with domesticated grownups who would rather settle for safe, predictable answers instead of wild, unpredictable mystery.  Faith has been reduced to a comfortable system of beliefs about God instead of an uncomfortable encounter with God.  Childlike faith understands that God is as capable of destroying us as He is of saving us.  Risky curiosity breaks from the safety and comfort of a tame faith and ventures into the terrifying presence of a ‘not so tame’ God.

                                                           Mike Yaconelli, Dangerous Wonder

 

God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost isn’t a consulting firm we bring in to give us expert advice on how to run our lives.  The gospel life isn’t something we learn about and then put together with instructions from the manufacturer; it’s something we become as God does his work of creation and salvation in us and as we accustom ourselves to a life of belief and obedience and prayer.

                                                           Eugene Peterson

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • How did you first come into your faith?  Describe your faith journey.
  • Is there any area in your life right now that Christ is asking you to trust fully in Him?  How will it require you to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

Faith is such a big word.  It's exciting, daring, magnetic.  Faithful is such an ordinary word.  It is somewhat dull, routine, and bland.  I'm convinced more of us would like to be known by faith, but resist the tedious journey of being faithful.   Chasing Daylight-Erwin McManus

But God doesn't call us to be comfortable.  He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through.    Francis Chan, Crazy Love

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verses related to this topic

  • Matthew 17:20

    Matthew 17:20

    And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”

  • Matthew 18:2-4

    Matthew 18:2-4

    And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

  • Matthew 21:20-22

    Matthew 21:20-22

    Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, “How did the fig tree wither all at once?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

  • John 14:11-14

    John 14:11-14

    “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

  • Galatians 2:20

    Galatians 2:20

    I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

  • Hebrews 11:1-2

    Hebrews 11:1-2

    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval.

  • Hebrews 11:6

    Hebrews 11:6

    And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

books related to this topic

  • If You Want To Walk On Water, You Got To Get Out Of The Boat

    If You Want To Walk On Water, You Got To Get Out Of The Boat

    John Ortberg invites you to consider the incredible potential that awaits you outside your comfort zone. Out on the risky waters of faith, Jesus is waiting to meet you in ways that will change you forever, deepening your character and your trust in God.

  • Faith and Doubt

    Faith and Doubt

    John Ortberg demonstrates how doubt is very much a part of faith and how uncertainty can lead to trust. ‘The beliefs that really matter,’ he writes, ‘are the ones that guide our behavior. We all hope but we cannot hope without faith, and so we must not hope for something but someone! Jesus Christ.’

  • Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith

    Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith

    In Dangerous Wonder, Michael Yaconelli invites you to recapture the joy of being a child and apply it to your relationship with God. You’ll be encouraged to ask difficult questions about faith and take Jesus at His word when He says, “Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

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