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Trust Issues | The Exchange Rate Part 3 | South Jordan
Think About It:
-It’s hard to INFLUENCE someone that doesn’t TRUST you.
-It’s hard to be INFLUENCED by someone you don’t TRUST.
Question: Is Jesus trustworthy?
Today’s Key Thought: Your CAPACITY to influence will never out pace your ABILITY to trust.
Key Scriptures: Luke 24:36-49, 9:22 & 44-45, 18:31-34, Hebrews 11:6, Acts 20:35.
Issue #1: Ignoring questions is not faith; that’s FEAR.
Issue #2: Ignoring evidence is not faith; that’s FOOLISH.
Biblical faith is based on knowledge, not wishing or blind leaps. Knowledge builds confidence and confidence leads to trust. The kind of faith God is interested in is not wishing. It’s trust based on knowing, sure confidence grounded in evidence. –Greg Koukl
First Step: I TRUST that JESUS is who he says he is.
Next Step: I TRUST that JESUS is for me.
Bottom Line: INCREASING influence is directly related to INCREASING trust.
KEEP THE DISCUSSION GOING
Would you follow someone you did not trust? Why or why not?
What makes someone trustworthy?
Read Luke 24:36-49 and then answer the following questions:
-Are you surprised by the response of the disciples? Why or why not?
-Why was it important for Jesus to provide the disciples with evidence that it was Him?
-How can we be confident that what Luke records happened the way he described it?
Read Luke 9:22 & 44-45 and then answer the following questions:
-Why did Jesus tell the disciples on multiple occasions that he was going to die?
-The disciples were afraid to ask Jesus about what he had told them. What questions do you have about your faith? Or what questions have you had in the past?
Revisit the quote from Greg Koukl that was shared during the message. What gives you confidence that Jesus is trustworthy? Or what would you need to know in order to believe that Jesus is trustworthy?
Read Acts 20:35 and then answer the following questions:
-If we believe that Jesus is trustworthy then we must trust Him when He says, “It is more blessed to give than receive.” When it comes to investing your time, abilities, energy and finances to help grow God’s Kingdom which is most difficult for you? And why?
-In what ways might you need to increase your trust in Christ so that you can increase your influence for God’s Kingdom?