CURIOSITY

Intentionally-Focused Faith

Scripture

“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21

“I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.” ~ Psalm 143:5

“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” ~ Luke 11:9-10

Guiding Questions

  1. Have you ever stopped to think about what you know and don’t know about the bible? What stories, characters, themes, meanings are you familiar with? What questions do you have?
  2. What are some resources you can utilize to help you explore Scripture, your faith, and your relationship with God?
  3. When you encounter questions to which you cannot find answers, to whom can you go to for help and guidance?

Additional Resources

Think about how Martin Luther’s curiosity led him to question the Church for corruption and working to reform its teachings and practices. Be curious about being Lutheran.

Do you have the curiosity of a hummingbird? Check out how curiosity changed my life. CLICK HERE

CREATIVITY

Intentionally-Focused Faith

Scripture

"O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand." ~ Isaiah 64:8

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Check out Exodus 35:34-35 and discover the gifts of the Divine spirit that filled Bezalel and Oholiab.

Explore the creation story, and think about how the creative Spirit of God can be an example for us and our own creative nature.

Guiding Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself to be a creative person? Why or why not? Are you scared of being creative?
  2. What are some creative ways you can explore and express your faith and your relationship with God?
  3. What are steps you can take to nurture, develop, and grow creativity in your everyday life?
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Additional Resources

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Seven Strategies to Inspire and Nurture Creativity in Ourselves: CLICK HERE

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.