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Watch Your Life: Session 5

Exercising Faith

In an age where discouragement abounds and unbelief is celebrated, “the righteous will live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4). In this session, Pastor Colin will encourage you to exercise your faith and persevere when it is challenged.

Watch Your Life - Exercising Faith - Teaching (audio)

What has tested your faith in the past? How did you move forward?

Exercising Faith PDF Transcript

  • Reflect on this quote from Charles Bridges. How have you seen this proved true?

“All our failures may be ultimately traced to a defect in faith. We ask but for little, we expect but little, we are satisfied with little; and therefore we gain and do but little. The main difficulty, therefore, is not in our work, but in ourselves; in the conflict with our own unbelief.”

  • Which of the seven situations in which your faith will be challenged can you relate to the most?

1) When you lose a trusted friend

2) When you face an overwhelming task

3) When you have been involved in a great work

4) When you face relentless opposition

5) When evil and injustice abound

6) When there is no obvious explanation

7) When you are tired of the battle.

  • If you have had major battles for faith, what has helped you persevere through seasons of darkness? If not, what will you do in the future?
  • When are you tempted to think faith is automatic, not manual? Why is that distinction so helpful?
  • What are the circumstances in your life and ministry where you need to exercise faith today?

Discussion Questions PDF

Respond to this teaching in prayer:

  • Praise God for granting you saving faith. Confess your weakness and lack of faith.
  • Thank God for all of His grace to both sustain and nourish faith.
  • Ask God for a growing faith that will remain steadfast through trial and for God to prepare you to live by faith in future trials.

Recommended resources to go deeper:

Article: Faith Is Like a Muscle and Needs to Be Exercised by Pastor Colin

Video: Dr. Phil Ryken shares his full story

Sermon: Faith Defined on Hebrews 10:32–11:3 by Pastor Colin

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