INITIATIVE

Intentionally-Focused Faith

Scripture

“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” ~ Ephesians 4:1

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

When you believe in what you’re doing and use your imagination and initiative, you can make a difference.
— Samuel Dash

Get to know two great Biblical characters who displayed initiative in their lives. Ruth took the initiative to compassionately demanded to stay by Naomi’s side. Nehemiah took the initiative to ask the king if he could return to his people and rebuild the city and temple. Check out the Books of Ruth and Nehemiah.

 

Guiding Questions

  1. Are you a leader or a follower? What are the pros and cons of boldly being the first or strategically waiting and learning from others?
  2. If we fully have trust in the Lord, what stops us from taking the initiative in faith to answer God’s call?
  3. What does it mean to take faithful initiative in your life? To take the initiative in you faith walk with Christ?

 

Additional Resources

Taking the initiative to answer God’s call or to advance your personal agenda? Check out a great article about discerning you motives when taking the initiative. CLICK HERE

Watch the motivational video and think about it, not in terms of athletic greatness or monetary success. Ask yourself, how can we strive for a greatness of faith, seek to do the impossible in the Lord?

The Black Church

The Black Church

Today, the Gospel promise of liberation is powerfully spoken by the black church. While slavery has been abolished, and the Civil Rights Movement has made great strides in race equality, the struggle is far from over. The very real presence of systemic racism still oppresses black and African-American communities.