When we find ourselves moving in a certain direction and focused on our goals, it can be jarring to feel like God suddenly is taking us in a new direction. It’s hard to consider that what we are currently building is no longer necessary or worse, futile all along. We seek to build our lives in such a way to create our own comforts and our security. When the storms of life come, all that we are building is tested and our motives are revealed. Today, we will attempt to reframe the insecurities of this life and perhaps discover or rediscover our faith in Christ in the process.

Discussion Questions

Have you thought about what makes and renews your faith? Can you think of circumstances where your faith grows or what temptations cause you to live your life while ignoring your faith?

During this pandemic that the world is experiencing, we can be tempted to despair and even abandon our faith. What are the ways we can consider our current trials as a means to draw closer to Christ? How can we consider using this opportunity as a way to grow our faith?

Read 2 Corinthians 12:10 and imagine the mindset of a Christ-follower according to this passage? Now consider your mindset during these days. Is there a new direction you should consider to move more towards Paul’s mindset he describes? What is one step you can take to change your mind and cling to truth?

When we are faced with our own limitedness, we can easily become downcast and feel defeated. However, for the believer, we can remind ourselves that although we are limited people within a limited world, we serve a limitless God. How might our focus on God’s unlimited supply instead of our limits change our daily mindset? Read Philippians 4:19 and formulate a response.

Read Matthew 7:24-27. When we realize that we have the choice to build our lives on the firm foundation of Christ, we can avoid the perils of building our lives on things that will not last. When we try and chase things, money or one of our most attractive temptations, false security, we learn that the sandy foundation will not hold. What does this passage provide us when we follow the warning?

When things get very difficult and we lose hope, effectively, we are misplacing hope. Our mandate is to build our lives on the rock. To put our hope in Christ. Psalm 94:18 reads: “When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.” During these times of realizing our footing is on the sand, we must run to the rock. What are tangible ways we can continually move our footing toward a firm foundation? How do our actions during these times spur others on to build their lives on the rock?

Further Reading

A New Covenant

God reminds us in the Bible that He gave an Old Covenant and a New Covenant. Confuse the two and you’re in for a confusing and inconsistent attempt at living for Jesus. It’s not an exaggeration to suggest that the church across the world is mired in legalistic...

New Community

We all identify with communities in some ways. Even the most isolated individuals acknowledge some basic common ground with other people groups. From sports teams to political parties to hometowns, communities unite us around common ideas. But when we run into...

A New Heaven and A New Earth

God makes all things new. He is about taking the brokenness brought on by sin and offering a new reality. God’s plans for a believer’s eternity are staggering in immensity and joy. We will exist forever on a new earth—a reality more alive than our present existence....

New Habits

Habits can have a profound impact on our lives in both good and bad ways. And often, we’re unaware of how much we do in our lives simply by force of habit. We’ll discuss how modern behavioral science is catching up to what the church has known for thousands of years...

A New Song

Songs are powerful things. The combine melody and harmony. They express both truth and emotion. They can fill us with joy and hope or with lament and sorrow. Through the beauty of song we worship, we celebrate, and we mourn. In the Psalms, the worship songs of the...