Growing Your Faith in Jesus

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Dr. Darrell Bock, New Testament Senior Research professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, addresses three issues concerning faith in Christ, including how we live out trust in Jesus and the nature of Jesus' relationship to the Father.

In this first video, he addresses the larger culture concerning a common faith problem. Darrell answers the question, "Why is it so hard to believe in what is unseen?"



Read John 20:29 and 1 Peter 1:8–9. Jesus commends believers who have not been able to see him. Peter calls this kind of faith an indescribable and glorious joy. Think about these verses as you answer the following questions.

Do you sometimes have a hard time believing because you cannot physically see faith or actually touch God? Why is that hard, and why is Christianity not a blind faith?
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What are some things that you have seen that have enhanced your faith?
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Many of us understand the gospel message and we trust Christ but still struggle with continuing to live in that trust as believers. Darrell addresses this issue by answering the question, "How do we trust Jesus?"



The root of trust is dependence. Like children, we daily depend on Jesus to supply our every need and, in doing so, we live in out our trust in him.

With what areas of your life do you struggle to depend on God? Where do you trust in your own power and skill?
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What is a practical step you can take right now to force yourself to depend on God with one of these areas you mentioned above? (for example: "I'm going to add __% on top of my tithe because I have been depending on my own earning power for my security.")
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In John 10, Jesus states that he and the Father are one. This is a crucial verse because Christ's deity is central to our faith. In this final video, Darrell answers the question, "What is the relationship between Jesus and the Father?"



In John chapter 8, Jesus lists about seven different distinctives about his relationship with the Father. In the spaces below, use the references as a guide and try to identify what Jesus does for the Father, how he relates to the Father, or what he does for us on behalf of the Father.

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John 8:12–18

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John 8:19–20, 40–47

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John 8:21–27

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John 8:28–30

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John 8:31–40

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John 8:52–56

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John 8:57–59

What have you learned as a result of this exercise? What new insight do you have about our Lord?
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Christianity is not a blind faith. It is reasonable and centered on the very real person of Jesus. Childlike dependence on Christ causes us to live an authentic faith and thus glorify the Father.


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