Week One Lesson: Believing
A Precious Word from God
But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
Perhaps you love to vacation at the beach. You’re enjoying the days of lazing around on the sand and in the water, watching your children spent hours building sand castles. Unfortunately when all the building is done, it’s disappears with the tide! Sand castles have no foundation; there is nothing on the beach on which to build them securely and so they wash away.
Without a secure foundation it is impossible to build a castle of any kind; in the same way without faith it is useless to attempt to grow in godliness. God has to participate in the process. As women of faith, our purpose is to glorify God and love him forever. God is pleased when we mirror the qualities that he possesses, which are built on believing in him, the first quality we will consider.
Day One Study
Today we will read verses about faith, the noun form of the Greek verb believe, which involves conviction of the truth. The biblical concept of faith means that we are willing to step out and act because we put our trust in that truth; we are not simply assenting to it intellectually.
Our memory verse this week is Hebrews 11:6, written at the top of this lesson. Each week you will have a verse to learn, and I have given it to you in the King James Version. However, feel free to learn it in any translation that helps you best understand God’s word to you.
Read Heb. 11:1-31 quickly, noting what is repeated throughout the passage. Repeated words and phrases show you the author’s emphasis or theme.
- As you think through what the author stresses, what do you learn about the nature of faith or believing?
- Explain Heb. 11:6 in your own words, as if you were explaining it to someone unfamiliar with the concept of faith.
- Sharing question: Think of a present or recent difficult experience or situation in your own life. What was it and how diligently did you seek God in the midst of it? Did you expect Him to respond? Why or why not?
Read Hebrews 12:1-3 and 1 Peter 2:21-25.
4. How did Jesus’ faith relate to his actions according to these passages (Heb. 12:2; 1 Pet. 2:23)?
5. Sharing question: What do you personally learn from the way Jesus handled his ill treatment from Heb. 12:2 and 1 Pet. 2:23?
6. Responding to God: Write a prayer asking God to give you the faith you need to deal in a godly way with the trials that you face.
Diamonds in the Word: Read the account of Jesus’ arrest and trials in Mark 14:43-15:37 thoughtfully, remembering that Jesus experienced all of these things for you. If you have time, read one of the parallel accounts in Mt. 26:36-68 27: 11-31; or Lk. 22:39-53; 66-71; 23:1-25 ; or John 18:1-19:30, writing down any additional thoughts that come to mind on the next question.