The Difference Between Amazement and Faith

The Gospel Coalition 2011 Columbus Regional Conference


In this 41-minute session, Paul Tripp, international conference speaker and Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care, speaks from the book of Mark, and paints a picture of what true faith looks like. It’s not a simple amazement, it’s a transformational following of Jesus. Paul is the author of several books, including Dangerous Calling and Forever: Why You Can’t Live Without It



Which of Paul’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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Amazement means being completely unprepared for the work of God in our lives. Faith means expecting it and embracing it when God decides to act. As you go through your life today, look for God’s hand of transformation in the midst of your trying times and your good times. Rather than be amazed, step out in faith and join Him.



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