Life of the Party
House Party: Life of the Party
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When (Jesus) had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. MATTHEW 9:27-30 NIV
God honors initiative, not intentions
When they moved, God supplied!
What kind of faith does God honor?
Faith that believes when it doesn’t see
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. HEBREWS 11:1 NLT
When (Jesus) had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. MATTHEW 9:28 NIV
Faith that persists
Jesus didn’t answer immediately—but he did answer.
Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. COLOSSIANS 4:2 GNT
Faith that is willing to put in work
You see that (Abraham’s) faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. JAMES 2:22 NIV
- Do you tend to be the life of the party or more of a wallflower? Why?
- If you followed through on all of your good intentions, in what specific ways would your life be different?
- Read Hebrews 11:1. How has your faith helped you through a difficult season in life?
- What do you “not see” in your life right now that you are having to trust God for?
- Read James 2:22. What do your actions say about your faith?
- Where do you need to step out in your faith and how can the group help?
Personal Reflection Guide
Set aside some time to consider your own faith. Ponder what the limits of your faith are and what that faith is based on. As you process these things, invite the Holy Spirit to guide you into a time of truthful reflection. Allow yourself to be painfully honest in your analysis. In what ways does your faith control your initiative? In what ways do your actions represent your faith? In what ways do they contradict it? Where is your faith weakest? Where is it the strongest? Allow for several days of pondering this. As you dig deeper into your own faith, take note of what emotions and areas are exposed. Notice both the comforting and challenging areas in this process while pressing into both.