July 18, 2018
WOFCF Bible Study Explosion
Fruit of the Spirit Series – Part 7 of 9, Faithfulness (Gal 5:22-23)
This quality (fruit) is not only needed in our own personal relationship with God, but it is also needed in our own relationships with our friends and our families. Once we are saved and have entered into a true personal relationship with the Lord – one of the first things we will really have to grab a hold of is holding fast to the Lord and staying faithful to Him for the rest of our eternal life.
This evening, we will continue with our Fruit of the Spirit series with Faithfulness. As always, our Adult Bible Study lessons are ‘group-discussion’ focused. So if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to share your thoughts with us. So, let’s get going with our Bible Explosion!
Topic #1 What is Faith?
The various words and their associated forms associated with faith and faithfulness occur well over 300 times in the New Testament. As such, they convey many associated meanings such as: believe, trust/trustworthiness, reliability, and confidence. Faith involves a genuine belief and commitment to Christ, which results in an active and productive Christian life. Simply defined, faith is a whole-soul commitment to the person and work of Christ, ‘resting’ in the sufficiency (abundance) of the evidence.
A prime example of faith and faithfulness can be seen in Abram: "Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD considered his response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty" (Gen. 15:6). Abram accepted the Word of the Lord as reliable and true and acted in accordance with it; consequently, the Lord declared Abram righteous and therefore acceptable. Not only is Abram's belief and right standing with God seen in the Bible, but the outworking of his faith in his faithful walk before God (read Heb.11:8-12; James 2:20-24).
Genuine faith is life changing. Indeed, true faith produces faithfulness. Therefore, faith and faithfulness are inevitably bound together, faithfulness being the natural outflow of genuine faith and belief. The one who truly has faith will be faithful! (read Heb. 11:1; Hab. 2:4).
What are your thoughts? Any scriptures you like to share?
Topic #2 There's No Turning Back
This is what got the Jewish people in major trouble with God the Father back in the Old Testament. They could not stay faithful and loyal to Him on a consistent and regular basis. There were times that God was literally calling them harlots and adulterers because they would not stay faithful to Him, especially when they kept chasing after other gods.
God really holds this particular quality in high esteem, and this is one quality that He will really expect us to operate very strongly in - not only in your own personal relationship with Him, but also in our relationships with family and friends. In other words, He wants us to be faithful and loyal to our spouses, to our children, to our parents, and to our good friends. If God brings us a wonderful mate, wonderful children, and good and wonderful friends – then He will expect us to stay loyal and faithful to all of them in our personal relationships with them.
A true friend will stay by your side for life – through thick and thin and for better or for worse. Just as God will stay faithful to you in His own personal relationship with you – He will expect you to stay loyal and faithful in your own personal relationships with the other people in your life. We all need the faithfulness of the Holy Spirit manifested (demonstrated) in us in order to sustain our loyalty to God, family, and friends
What are your thoughts? Any Scriptures you like to share?
Next week, we will continue with our Fruit of the Spirit (Gentleness) lesson series.