Thriving in Babylon – Week 2
Preparation for Battle
Life Group Questions:
How can you & I thrive for Jesus Christ in a culture that opposes Him & His teaching at almost every turn?
- How will we stand up under the pressure of increasing opposition?
- What are the differences between real faith and counterfeit faith?
- What are the similarities?
- What adversity have you had in the past and how did you handle it? How did it increase your faith?
- How should we approach adversity practically?
- How can one increase their faith through adversity?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
1. Test of My Faith: Authentic or Counterfeit?
“For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.” 1 Corinthians 10:1-6
2. Develop a Proper Attitude Toward Adversity
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because
you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven,” for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11–12
3. Four Qualities of Authentic Faith
A. First, what authentic faith is not:
- Good Intentions
- High moral standards
- Strong fast start
B. Qualities of Authentic Faith
- Obedience: “If you love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
- Perspective: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
- Endurance: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” James 1:2
- Confidence/Courage: “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.” 1 Timothy 1:12; “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13