What IFF we truly had faith in our role in God’s plan?
As we prepare to discuss how we live an Intentionally-Focused Faith life, let’s take the time to explore, reflect on, and develop our personal thoughts and feelings about this week’s qualities. On our own, we can look in Scripture for verses, stories, and characters that epitomize these qualities. We can observe where in our lives we live into these qualities and where we may need to make a more conscious effort to develop them. We can answer the guiding questions and consider our response to the video for the week. In order to get the most out of our face-to-face time together, we each need to take responsibility to personally engage the lesson throughout the week, so that we can contribute to the group in thoughtful and meaningful ways when we gather together.
“I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” ~ Philippians 1:6
- God has begun a good work in each one of us, and among us as a faith community. We need to explore, discover, and develop these “good works,” confident that God will bring this work to completion in the glory of our salvation.
“For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.” ~ Romans 12:4-8
- Our faith community is made up of many members with a great diversity of gifts and talents. We are called to live into these gifts, being the best version ourselves we can be and adding to the wholeness of the entire community.
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” ~Colossians 3:12
- All our gifts and talents come from God. To be prideful in our abilities is to deny God’s role in our blessings. To judge others who struggle with certain gifts is to deny them as a child of God endowed with their own worth and role in the body of Christ.
Luke 17:11-19 - Jesus Heals the Ten Lepers
- Check out the story of this miraculous healing, and think about the role humility played in life of the one who returned to Jesus after being healed.
- What are the roles of confidence and humility in our faith lives?
- How can confidence and humility be developed in our lives and expressed in our words and actions?
- When does confidence cross the line into conceit or arrogance? How can we avoid confidence becoming pride?
- How does vulnerability connect with humility? Do you view allowing yourself to be vulnerable as freeing or limiting?
Click here to read an excellent article about Accepting Our Own Limitations.
Where do you stand? Confidence Versus Humility