November 7, 2021
Pastor Ricky Smith
I. Intersection of Faith and Worldview
Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Faith relies on God when hope seems lost.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
II. Image of a Better Way
And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
- I confess my sin and trust Jesus as my Savior and King for the first time.
- I choose to see the world as my mission field rather than my enemy.
- I commit to acknowledge Jesus as my focus each day in prayer and action.
- How do you assess the effectiveness of Christianity’s impact on American culture?
- Read James 2:18 and discuss how our actions impact the influence of our faith.
- What is one positive change you could make in your life to better demonstrate Jesus’ love?
- What do you think the word “Joy” means, and why does it matter?
- How can you find joy even in hardship?
- Read Hebrews 13:11-14 and consider how endurance and joy meet in Jesus’ example.