Week 4 • July 22, 2018 • Glen Elliott
What makes it hard to trust God? It’s hard to trust when we are struggling and suffering. It is hard to trust when those we love are hurting. It’s hard to trust when expect God to fix something or get us out of trouble and it doesn’t happen or at least it doesn’t happen the way we think it should. So will we only trust God to give us what we want or is trust seeking God to help us through the challenge? We have to think of trust in a whole new way. It isn’t just getting what we want. It is seeking and depending on God right in the middle of the mess we can’t understand. That’s exactly what Jesus did the night he was arrested. This is what he did. Jesus told God what he wanted, but in the end he trusted God’s way.
How Trust Is Built
Week 3 • July 15, 2018 • Nick Farr
Trusting God doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes a resume of trust to be developed over life experiences. God built his “trust resume” with Abraham over many years and in different circumstances. Abraham had such incredible trust in God that the Bible says he’s the premier example. How do we go about building trust? We lean into the hard times, realizing that we don’t journey alone.
Where Is Your Trust?
Week 2 • July 8, 2018 • Glen Elliott
Jesus and his disciples are in a boat, and as a furious storm hits, fear overwhelms the disciples. The disciples, some of them experienced fishermen, trusted themselves to navigate the boat. But when the storm hits, the disciples go from self-confidence to fear – and Jesus is asleep in the back of the boat. That contrast is a picture of Jesus’ complete trust in God while his disciples are living in fear. So the disciples wake Jesus and he calms the storm. Jesus then asked them and he asks us: “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” This was recorded because you and I are in a proverbial boat navigating the waters of life. Unexpected storms will hit and swamp our confidence and overwhelm our skills, knowledge and experience. We can be swamped by fear or we can choose faith. The only way through our fear is by a faith that trusts God.
The Path To Full Relationship With God
Week 1 • July 1, 2018 • Glen Elliott
The Bible says that without faith or trust it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). What does it mean that trust is essential to please God? Does this mean we must do religious things for God to like us? No. Not at all. God is pleased when we seek him! God wants us to trust him to direct our lives. He wants us to experience that he is worthy of our trust. He wants us to have that kind of deep authentic relationship with him. Trust goes beyond believing that God exists, as many many people do, to actually saying “yes” to God in the normal and challenging aspects of life. Trust is the only path to experience a full relationship with God. We trust God that he is for us, he will guide in the right ways, and that he has our best interests in mind all the time. So in trust we say “yes” to God. The more we say “yes” to God the more we’ll experience the depth of a relationship with God. RESOURCES