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STEPS OF FAITH


Only the passage of time can judge how far we have travelled and how well we have followed the Lord in steps of faith. Time goes quickly and slowly simultaneously. We encounter tremendous obstacles along the way such as leaders with moral failings and a mountain of debt and the obstacles seems unsurmountable; yet, we put one step in front of the other placing our faith in God.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
― Corrie ten Boom  

It takes courage and steadfastness to keep going. We have no choice really. We can’t give up! We will keep going in faith until the battle is truly won and Heaven is our home. An old choral hymn by Carlton Pearson says it well:

We've come this far by faith
Leaning on the LORD
Trusting in His Holy Word
He never failed me yet
Oh' can't turn around
We've come this far by faith.

Discussion:

What emotions did you feel today as the church building mortgage was burned?

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 ESV

What role does courage play in following God in faith?
How can we know that the next step is the right one?

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4 ESV

What is your definition of steadfastness?
Why is steadfastness important in a Christian life? In the life of a church?

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. – Galatians 6 :9 ESV

Why do we get weary of doing good?
Why should Christians not be quitters?

As we step into a new year and season in the life of Grace Place, we are asked to consider these questions and share our answers with the church leadership:

What is an issue or concern in our community that you would be willing to face with courage, steadfastness, and a resolve to see it through living by faith?

What should our church do to enable you to live out these faith steps?

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