In Greek, pistis means faith. Faith appears to be a short and simple word, but it is preceded by profound history responsible for countless divisions within Christianity. Ultimately, faith has generated contention amongst various congregates and denominations. Therefore, biblically analyzing, strengthening, and living out one’s faith are of primary importance to most Christians.
Below, each single session bible study addresses aspects of faith in order to inspire dedicated Christians to self-reflect, cultivate, and enhance their spiritual living.
Not only do these biblical studies raise challenging questions, but they heighten one’s awareness regarding their daily Christian living. Better yet, these studies force one to determine how they can be more Christ like. Numerous parallels can be made between these studies and the lives of growing Christians. Whether it is one’s participation in faith, doubt divergence from faith, or character of faith, one must remember everyone is ultimately in the lifelong process of sanctification.
Gray areas of faith are various aspects of life where the fine line between right and wrong is blurred, i.e., listening to rock music or going to R-rated movies. The study, “Gray Matters”, identifies four different approaches when addressing gray areas: the mature participant, the mature non-participant, the immature participant, and immature non-participant. These four classifications place each believer’s mentality on an intellectual and action-based spectrum. Therefore, each individual is able to honestly gauge the stance of their faith. Thus, by acknowledging one’s true faith, they can easily align their views with the position of their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Ultimately, this will allow each believer to amplify the quality of their Christian life and become a better witness.
In the study “Doubt Can Strengthen Your Faith”, distinctions between doubt and unbelief are addressed; many Christians consider these two terms synonymous, but they are not. Unbelief and doubt can be delineated respectively by complete disbelief in Jesus or believing in Jesus with accompanying queries. If one doubts, it is acceptable, but it is vital doubt does not develop into unbelief. This study addressed how God responds to both mindsets by exposing various aspects of one’s Christian life and utilizing it for spiritual growth.
The study “Living Your Faith” urges one to genuinely assess their Christian character. While confronting one’s Christian character, one can determine if their actions are Pharisaic or not. Hence, a valid question is raised: is one’s character derived from their faith? The answer seems simple, but directly attributing character to faith becomes increasingly difficult when moral dilemmas are taken into account. Ultimately, not everything is crystal clear, so when ethical quandaries arise, one’s character and faith have the opportunity to shine.