ADVENT BIBLE STUDY
Week 2: FAITH
Day 1: What is Faith?
JOIN US IN BIBLE STUDY THIS ADVENT!!!
Throughout the Bible we read the central theme of waiting, anticipation and desire for the “coming”; the coming of our savior and our Lord. Coming has been celebrated as a season, called Advent, throughout church history in the weeks prior to Christmas. TJC as a body of believers will be studying the Bible together in the four major coming themes of hope, love, joy and peace. Join us on this journey, as we all go deeper into the word. For many Bible study is an old habit, for others it’s intimidating. Press in with us and embrace spending quality time, reading and reflecting on brief verses, and hearing from God. Each of four weeks we will be looking at an essential verse, each day that points to Christ as our hope, our love, our joy, and our sense of peace. Each week we will introduce a new skill for you to practice and use in drawing closer to our Lord Jesus. As we celebrate his coming and await his return
Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen. 2 For by this, the elders obtained testimony. 3 By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible.
Hebrews 11:1-3 (WEB)
Last week we launched our Advent study in our DBO’s, concentrating on HOPE. This week, we turn our attention to FAITH. Join us, this week, as we unpack FAITH, the “assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen”
There are few guarantees in this life; however, Paul makes it quite clear that Faith being the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen is a guarantee you can take to heaven. The testimony of the elders means they were counting on this guarantee, it’s how they obtained their trusted testimony. The word of God isn’t a smoke screen to confuse us; the universe was framed by it, what is seen today was not made of things visible. It’s hard for us to believe but the Hebrews did. (It was probably hard for them too) Paul later goes on to talk of those of faith throughout the Bible who “died in faith without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed they were strangers and exiles on the earth.” Heb. 11:13. Can you imagine? They didn’t receive the promises but saw them and welcomed them from a distance. What are you hoping for this Advent season? Your faith assures you that even though you can’t see them you are assured of them.
QUIET TIME CHALLENGE
During this Advent, we are going to use the Every Man a Warrior Method for Bible Study.
With this method, we engage the scriptural verses by answering a number of questions, preferably in a journal.
Today, we focus on “5 Important Questions” to ask yourself about the study verse. Challenge yourself to answer these questions or ask if these questions can be answered - See below!
Find a Quiet Place.
Pray to Jesus Christ and ask for his presence guiding you in your studies.
Re-read the Verses Above and ask yourself the questions below!
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